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Month
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2021-05-11
Press Release from The Labour Department
Special enforcement operation on safety of new works construction sites in Kai Tak Development Area and Kowloon Bay

In light of the spate of fatal accidents that happened at new works sites in the Kai Tak Development Area and Kowloon Bay in April this year, the Labour Department (LD) commenced a four-week special enforcement operation on April 23 targeting the new works sites located in the above-mentioned areas to curb unsafe work activities for protecting workers' safety. The LD's spokesman today (May 11) said, "In the second week of the operation, we inspected 18 new works sites with 129 improvement notices issued and 12 prosecutions initiated. The above-mentioned legal notices and prosecutions mainly involved work at height, electrical work and lifting operations."

The spokesman added, "During the operation, the LD noticed that some contractors had failed to comply with the safety legislation regarding lifting operations, including failing to thoroughly examine lifting gear in the preceding six months before it was used and failing to clearly mark on the lifting gear its safe working load. Using such lifting gear in lifting operations may overload the gear beyond its safe working load, causing the loads to collapse and hence resulting in serious accidents. In addition, the LD also detected that some contractors had failed to properly segregate and clearly demarcate the operating zones for the operation of earth moving equipment, and failed to provide physical barriers, signs, notices, etc. Workers were prone to being struck by mobile plant while staying in these operating zones."

 

During the first two weeks of the operation, the LD inspected a total of 37 new works sites with 217 improvement notices issued and 22 prosecutions initiated. The special enforcement operation is still in progress. The LD will take vigorous enforcement action pursuant to the law if any violation of the occupational safety and health legislation is detected.

 

Source: Press Release from the LD dated 11 May 2021

 

2021-04-23
Other News
Completed COVID-19 Vaccination, Fulfilled Regular Testing Requirement

The Construction Industry Council (CIC) and the Hong Kong Construction Association (HKCA) agrees to the Food and Health Bureau’s announcement on 29 March 2021, that vaccine recipients have fulfilled the requirement for regular COVID-19 testing as vaccination will help recipients develop immunity in 14 days after completion.

 

The CIC and HKCA concur to adopt the Government’s proposition to acknowledge vaccine completion record as valid negative COVID-19 testing result for the compulsory regular COVID-19 testing scheme. Therefore, workers who have administered their final COVID-19 vaccine for more than 14 days will not be required to undertake regular COVID-19 testing. Compulsory testing measures should be maintained and site staff who has not completed their vaccination for 14 days are required to present negative COVID-19 test results issued within the past 14 days when entering construction sites for work.

 

The CIC and HKCA recommends all Contractors download and print out the poster and display on the eye-catching area, to encourage site workers complete the vaccination. 

 

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2021-04-22
Press Release from The Labour Department
Special enforcement operation on construction sites for new works safety at Kai Tak Development area and Kowloon Bay

The Labour Department (LD) is highly concerned about the recent occurrence of a number of fatal accidents that happened on new works sites at Kai Tak Development area and Kowloon Bay. The LD is saddened by the deaths of workers in these accidents.

To curb unsafe work activities for protecting workers' safety, the LD will commence a four-week Special Enforcement Operation tomorrow (April 23) to step up enforcement at new works sites located at the above-mentioned areas.
    
The LD's spokesman said, "During the operation, we will focus particularly on high-risk processes, such as lifting operations, use of heavy machinery, work-at-height, scaffolding work, etc, and to monitor whether duty holders have provided safe systems of work for the work activities concerned. We will take vigorous enforcement actions pursuant to the law if any violation of the occupational safety and health (OSH) legislation is detected, including issuing suspension notices and improvement notices, and taking out prosecutions without prior warning."    

 

Source: The Press Release of the LD dated 22 April 2021

2021-04-21
Other News
[Fatal accident] The male worker was crushed to death by concrete skip

Please refer to the Chinese version. 

2021-04-18
Fell from height & strucked by object
[Fatal accident] The mainland worker in Kai Tak site was suspected fell from height and died

Please refer to the Chinese version.