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  1. 10-year checks for old buildings

    Posted May 19th 2007, 12:00am by Martin Wong

    ... Martin Wong The government has finalised plans for introducing mandatory inspections on private buildings aged 30 years or more- some of which are showing signs of crumbling- in a bid ... to undergo inspections every 10 years to certify they are safe. Buildings that are four storeys or more in height and more than 10 years old will be required to have windows checked every five years. ...

  2. Law on building inspections being drafted

    Posted Oct 06th 2008, 12:00am by Agnes Lam

    ... Agnes Lam The government was drafting legislation for a mandatory building inspection scheme and a mandatory window inspection scheme to require private building owners to check their buildings and windows regularly, Secretary for Development Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor said yesterday. ...

  3. Inspections a must for factory 'homes'

    Posted Jul 30th 2011, 12:00am

    ... inspecting two buildings in Tai Kok Tsui that are restricted to industrial purposes. Our reporter found one had a floor divided into three levels connected by flimsy wooden stairs and partitioned ... produced legislation to upgrade safety in old residential buildings. New measures would include empowering officials to enter flats for inspections and regulation of subdivision of flats to ensure ...

  4. Site inspections across HK after crane deaths

    Posted Jul 11th 2007, 12:00am by Agnes Lam, Clifford Lo

    ... Clifford Lo, Agnes Lam and Zoe Mak An inspection of construction sites is under way after a tower crane collapsed in Causeway Bay yesterday, killing two workers and injuring five. Six ... sending the operational box and horizontal arm crashing to the top of the building. It took firemen more than eight hours to free the body of one of the dead workers, while a survivor was trapped ...

  5. One in 25 buildings don't meet standards: survey

    Posted Sep 02nd 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... of Hong Kong. The buildings, mostly single blocks averaging 28 years old located in Mong Kok, Yau Ma Tei and Tsim Sha Tsui, were surveyed and inspected by researchers from the Department ... centre next year in response to the government's proposal of mandatory building inspections. 'The centre will offer training to those carrying out building inspections and set out ...

  6. One in 14 buildings are potential death traps

    Posted Mar 01st 2012, 12:00am

    ... Clifford Lo clifford.lo@scmp.com One in every 14 buildings checked for fire hazards is a potential death trap, the Fire Services Department warned yesterday following safety inspections ... to the department. 'Obstructed escape routes were found in these buildings,' its spokesman said, adding that a further 182 buildings were due for inspection. He said fire hazard abatement notices ...

  7. Buildings Department rapped over emergency wall repairs

    Posted Jan 15th 2004, 12:00am by Ella Lee, Stella Lee

    ... Stella Lee Staff went ahead after they failed to track down the title-holders The Buildings Department was criticised yesterday for failing to properly inform the owners of a commercial-residential building before carrying out emergency repairs to its external walls. The Ombudsman's investigation revealed that the department's staff asked a shop tenant nearby to notify ...

  8. Repair old buildings before it's too late

    Posted Jun 23rd 2011, 12:00am

    ... threat to residents. Subdivision of flats should be supervised by qualified contractors, and such flats should be inspected regularly to ensure they meet safety standards. Many old buildings lack ... In August 2008, a fire broke out in a nightclub in Mong Kok, killing four people. Earlier this month, a canopy on a building in Tuen Mun collapsed, seriously injuring a man in the street ...

  9. Safety checks initiative is news to most owners

    Posted Apr 16th 2012, 12:00am

    ... of the scheme, a survey found. Under a mandatory inspection scheme, approved by the Legislative Council last year, owners of older buildings will have to carry out safety inspections every 10 years. ... of] such buildings fail to establish an owners' committee, and they are selected to do a mandatory inspection, will flat owners have to bear criminal liability?' Wong asked. She says ...

  10. Don't wait for next tragedy to happen

    Posted Jun 18th 2011, 12:00am

    ... staircase of the building to the roof and stairs obstructed with mattresses and flower pots. An inspection of nearby buildings by this newspaper revealed similar hazards. The building collapse, ... These tragedies usually spur a flurry of official activity, such as stepped-up inspections of old buildings. But outdated laws do not make it easy to compel owners to take proper care of their flats ...




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