Contractor screening to boost safety

PUBLISHED : Monday, 30 April, 2001, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 30 April, 2001, 12:00am

Contractors for small-scale construction projects will be registered to ensure safety, a senior building official said yesterday.

At RTHK's City Forum yesterday, deputy director of the Buildings Department Cheung Hau-wai said the contractors would be registered according to their experience and ability. Licences would be issued in relation to the complexity and the risk of the contracts to ensure the quality of projects was safeguarded.

'The contractors will only be hired to carry out certain types of contracts that they are qualified for,' Mr Cheung said. The public would be consulted and amendments would be submitted to the legislature this year.

Mr Cheung also said the department would step up its efforts to inspect 1,000 buildings in order to remove their unauthorised structures and keep up maintenance of external walls.

The inspection scheme was introduced after a series of scares over crumbling masonry on high rises. Mr Cheung said the Buildings Department confirmed there was an extra $1 billion for building safety inspections. Non-permanent posts would also be established to carry out inspections.