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  1. News - China - EXPLOSION

    Five killed as explosion rips through Xiamen apartment building

    Posted Sep 19th 2014, 03:32pm by Nectar Gan

    ... gas companies in the city. No problems were found in the building’s gas pipes after inspection, the Daily reported. ... apartment building this morning, suspected to have been caused by a gas leak. The blast ripped through four stores in the residential building’s ground floor at around 11.20am on Friday, local ...

  2. News - Hong Kong - SAFETY

    Everybody out! Causeway Bay building evacuated after large cracks appear

    Posted Sep 10th 2014, 04:39pm by clifford lo and timmy sung

    ... Department officers inspected the building and an adjoining one at 519 Lockhart Road that shares a common staircase. Residents were allowed to return at 5.30pm after the department said the 1950s-era ... Clifford Lo and Timmy Sung Owners of one of the Lockhart Road tenements subject to a repair order four years ago Causeway Bay buildings evacuated as cracks found A tenement building ...

  3. More funding urged to speed up building safety inspections

    Posted Aug 12th 2008, 12:00am by Martin Wong

    ... Martin Wong The fire risks of many old buildings makes them 'time bombs', and more funds should be earmarked for inspecting them in the wake of Sunday's fatal Mong Kok fire, according to local politicians. Meanwhile, a Security Bureau spokesman said that fire safety equipment in all karaoke venues in old buildings would be inspected within a month. He said action would ...

  4. News - Hong Kong - TRAGEDY

    Probe after worker dies at Sai Kung building site

    Posted Aug 23rd 2014, 02:45am by Staff Reporters

    ... Staff Reporters Probe after worker dies at Sai Kung building site A worker died in hospital after he collapsed at a residential construction site in Sai Kung West Country Park yesterday. ... suspicious. Officers from the Labour Department took statements from Lam's colleagues and inspected the site and machinery, while his family members burned incense and paper offerings. The house ...

  5. Mandatory inspection of buildings urged

    Posted Jan 05th 2004, 12:00am by Chloe Lai

    ... Chloe Lai Building inspection and maintenance should be made mandatory if the government is determined to resolve the problem of the upkeep of properties, a legislator said yesterday. Lau ... and maintenance should be a mandatory measure, the same logistic as car owners taking their vehicles for inspection and paying the bills. It makes no sense asking the government to pay for building ...

  6. Housing chief vows tough action on building inspections

    Posted Oct 25th 2005, 12:00am by Agnes Lam

    ... Agnes Lam Owners who fail to comply with mandatory building inspections will not escape criminal liability by simply passing the buck to incorporated owners' committees, the housing ... inspections should be shared among the flat owners of private buildings. 'We will make [this] clear when we draw up legislation which deals with private flat owners who refuse to take action ...

  7. Public split over building inspections

    Posted Jan 17th 2006, 12:00am by May Chan

    ... May Chan The public appears to be evenly divided over a proposed mandatory building inspection scheme, according to a government consultation. A key criticism was the lack of government ... and loans. The government will study different means carefully.' Under the mandatory inspection scheme, buildings more than 30 years old must be inspected every seven years. ...

  8. Building inspection debate near

    Posted Sep 22nd 2005, 12:00am by May Chan

    ... May Chan A consultation document on a long-delayed scheme for mandatory building inspections will be issued in the next few weeks, a senior official said. Permanent Secretary for Housing, ... management and maintenance, and this will be the direction the government is heading,' she told a seminar. The building inspection scheme is aimed at solving maintenance problems in old ...

  9. Compulsory inspections for private buildings 30 or older

    Posted Oct 22nd 2005, 12:00am by Barclay Crawford, Norma Connolly

    ... for mandatory inspections of their buildings under a series of measures proposed by the government to improve the condition of the city's ageing housing stock. Unveiling the proposals yesterday, ... Eventually, buildings that are 10 years or older may be required to have inspections. Hong Kong has 1,700 inspectors authorised to carry out checks on buildings. Those owners who fail to comply ...

  10. Building inspections move closer

    Posted Jan 22nd 2005, 12:00am by Elaine Wu, Ravina Shamdasani

    ... Ravina Shamdasani and Elaine Wu The possibility of mandatory inspections for older buildings will be put to the public this year, with a draft bill expected to be ready in 15 months. ... for Housing, Planning and Lands Michael Suen Ming-yeung said yesterday the majority of respondents accepted that it was property owners' ultimate responsibility to look after their buildings ...




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