Enforcement operation at Kai Tak by Labour Department

Local | 22 Apr 2021 7:29 pm

The Labour Department will commence a four-week special enforcement operation at Kai Tak Development area tomorrow after the recent fatal accidents at the sites. 

The area reported three fatal industrial accidents within the week. A worker, 53, was hit by a metal plate and died on April 14. Another worker, 52, fell to his death while working at height on April 18. Yesterday a worker, 43, was hit by a concrete bucket and certified dead as he was sent to hospital. 

The Department said they are highly concerned about the accidents and are saddened by the deaths caused. 

The operation at Kai Tak aims to curb unsafe work activities for protecting workers’ safety, according to the Department. 

The Department’s spokesman said they will focus particularly on high-risk processes, such as lifting operations, use of heavy machinery, work-at-height, scaffolding work. They will also monitor whether duty holders have provided safe systems of work for the work activities concerned. 

The Department will also take vigorous enforcement actions pursuants to the law if any violation of the occupational safety and health legislation is detected. 

Actions include issuing suspension notices and improvement notices, and taking out prosecution without prior warning, according to the Department. 

The law requires employers to provide safe working environments, plant and safe system of work for their employees. Anyone caught in violation can be sentenced to HK$500,000 fine and a 6-month imprisonment. 

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