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  1. Worry over old buildings

    Posted Jun 17th 2011, 12:00am

    ... A suspicious fire that took the lives of four people has sparked concern about fire safety standards in old tenement buildings across the city. The fire broke out on Wednesday in a building in Ma Tau Wai Road, the same street where an old tenement building collapsed last year. A pregnant woman, her two sons, aged one and six, and a woman, 19, died. Some 19 others were ...

  2. 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 ...

  3. 4 die in suspicious blaze at tenement

    Posted Jun 16th 2011, 12:00am

    ... tenement building. The woman's husband, Lai Hok-man, 55, was fighting for his life in hospital- one of 19 people injured or overcome by smoke in the blaze in Ma Tau Wai. Residents complained of locked emergency exits and obstructed escape routes. The family of four apparently separated after they ran out of their rented cubicle in a fourth-floor flat in the eight-storey building in Ma ...

  4. $13.8m for paralysed worker

    Posted Jul 08th 2006, 12:00am by Nick Gentle

    ... Nick Gentle An electrician paralysed in an accident at a Central building site six years ago yesterday got his total compensation award of $13.8 million. Yip Suen-pun had sued seven companies over the accident, which occurred on November 18, 2000. The Court of First Instance heard he was working on the wiring of a podium on a Caine Road construction site when a rubbish chute ...

  5. Garley workers pray for injured colleague

    Posted Jun 30th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Elizabeth Lo Construction workers yesterday burned offerings in a ritual to appease evil spirits at the ill-fated Garley Building after one of their colleagues lost an arm in an accident ... The ritual lasted almost an hour before workers resumed tearing down the building, the site of an inferno which killed 40 people eight years ago. A shopping mall will be built on the site. None ...

  6. Doors a factor in Mong Kok inferno

    Posted Jul 14th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Hong Kong's deadliest fire in 15 years, an investigation has indicated. The two doors, on the mezzanine floor of the two eight-storey buildings at 192 and 194 Fa Yuen Street, were linked to a joint staircase where nine people were found dead after the fire on November 30 last year. 'We are now checking with the Buildings Department to see whether the two doors are illegal ...

  7. 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 prompted by last year's blaze at a Mong Kok market that left nine people dead. Eleven out of 157 mixed-use buildings at markets across the city presented fire hazards, according ...

  8. Dishonesty at home in mainland building sector

    Posted Jan 28th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Toh Han Shih hanshih.toh@scmp.com Illegal practices are still rife in the mainland construction sector, which is known for its corruption, poor safety and low standards, the Ministry of Supervision said. In the first 11 months of last year, 22,243 people ...

  9. Health warning as pollutants build in delta fish

    Posted Oct 04th 2011, 12:00am

    ... that the water and sediment of the Pearl River Delta contained many heavy metal and organic pollutants. 'The pollutants will build up in marine animals,' Guo was quoted as saying ...

  10. Rules for building safety pay off

    Posted Sep 21st 2011, 12:00am

    ... Earthquake of 1923 was testament to the stringent seismic countermeasures required under Japan's Building Standard Law. In other words, lessons had been learned. A building code designed to make buildings safer in earthquakes, and implemented in the 1980s, appears to have saved lives in the densely populated cities. 'All new buildings constructed in Japan use state-of-the-art seismic ...




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