Hong Kong’s labor chief vows to strengthen inspections on construction sites and be tough on people who violate safety rules amid a wave of industrial accidents.

Hong Kong’s labor chief vows to strengthen inspections on construction sites and be tough on people who violate safety rules amid a wave of industrial accidents.

Hong Kong’s labor chief pledged to strengthen inspections on construction sites amid a spate of industrial accidents, saying authorities take the matter seriously and will crack down on violators caught violating safety rules.

Labor and Social Welfare Minister Chris Soon Yuk Han warned on Sunday that the government was closely monitoring potential violations of laws or guidelines.

“Regarding the recent industrial accidents related to lifting operations, we will certainly investigate the matter seriously,” he said. “If any employers or workers are found to have violated occupational safety laws or practice guidelines, we will vigorously pursue the matter.”

Labor Minister Chris Sun said that by stepping up inspections, authorities hope to remind people to strictly follow safety rules. Photo: Jonathan Wong

He made the comments after four workers were injured after falling metal bars at the New Kowloon Central Road Public Works site in Yau Ma Tei on Saturday, where a wire rope on a crane truck broke while delivering goods. .

“If there is a rise in certain types of incidents, such as lifting operations or working at height, we will step up inspections to target those locations.”

The latest accident was the second in as many days, following an accident in which a 58-year-old worker died at a construction site in Tung Chung on Friday afternoon after being hit on the head by an aluminum sheet that fell during a construction operation. Lifting process.

Saturday’s accident was the ninth involving lifting operations this year, and resulted in the deaths of six people. The construction industry has recorded at least 20 fatal industrial accidents this year.

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By intensifying inspections, authorities hope to remind people to strictly follow safety rules, Sun said. “If we detect any breaches of the regulations, we will issue an immediate warning for minor cases and initiate prosecutions against serious offenders.”

Asked whether the government had failed to set an example for the construction industry because of the accident at the public works site, Sun said he would hold discussions with the Development Bureau to improve safety throughout the city.

“No matter whether it is for private or public works sites, the government has always attached great importance to safety,” he said. “We will remain in close contact with the Development Office and seek to enhance the safety of construction sites, especially for public works.”

Sun also called on those managing lifting operations to strictly follow practice guidelines to ensure workers do not get hurt.

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“We will work with the industry to raise safety awareness among workers. In order to pay attention to safety on construction sites, everyone must go one step further,” he said.

The Construction Industry Council called on industry players to strengthen safety procedures for lifting operations, saying recent incidents indicate that normal requirements have not been fully implemented.

“We urge the industry to adhere to safety guidelines during construction and use the Intelligent Site Safety System,” the council said on Saturday, referring to a new digital tracking system to improve safety. “Before work begins, dynamic risk assessments and field monitoring briefings should be conducted.”

The council said it would set up a committee to review current operational standards and procedures with key industry stakeholders, including enhancing training and individual responsibilities, improving worker safety awareness and skill levels, and arranging site audits.

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