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  1. State train makers under fire for poor standards

    Posted Nov 28th 2009, 12:00am by Toh Han Shih

    ... Toh Han Shih A senior rail official has criticised the quality and safety standards of the mainland's growing fleet of high-speed trains, a serious blow for the country as it fast ... had caused network delays and problems, Zhang said. On January 2, a relay failure caused a two-hour, 11-minute delay on the high-speed service between Guangzhou and Shenzhen. On November 14, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/699612/state-train-makers-under-fire-poor-standards
  2. Ambulance servicing on a par with global standards, agency says

    Posted Dec 09th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... and Mechanical Services Department said its staff were professional and experienced, and their work was up to international standards. 'We follow the maintenance procedures very stringently and the service quality meets international standards,' the department's airport and vehicles manager, Larry Li Ying-ming, said. Coroner Michael Chan Pik-kiu criticised the service on Monday ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/700753/ambulance-servicing-par-global-standards-agency-says
  3. Inquiry as firemen dies after two hours in rubble

    Posted Mar 09th 2010, 12:00am by Clifford Lo

    ... Clifford Lo and Phyllis Tsang The Fire Services Department is investigating why it took more than two hours to find and pull out a veteran fireman who died after being trapped ... but the control officer lost contact with Yeung and Ng at 10.45am. Ng was found unconscious on the floor at 10.58am, but Yeung was not found until more than an hour later at 12.10pm- lying with his legs ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/708066/inquiry-firemen-dies-after-two-hours-rubble
  4. We risk our lives for poor pay and long hours, say firemen

    Posted Aug 16th 2008, 12:00am by Martin Wong

    ... Martin Wong and Joshua But Firefighters work long hours on a fine line between life and death, yet are paid less than junior government staff, says a fireman who claims he cheated death ... for better pay when there was a tragedy. Two of his colleagues died in Sunday's blaze in Mong Kok. 'Our working hours are the longest of any firefighters in the world but our salaries ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/649261/we-risk-our-lives-poor-pay-and-long-hours-say-firemen
  5. Safety standards ignored in the pursuit of profits

    Posted Oct 22nd 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... of Work Safety. Small, illegal mines are notoriously dangerous workplaces, but some state-run mines also have poor safety standards. 'State-run mines are better than those privately operated ... for lax safety standards and a rise in fatal accidents at coal mines, according to a top industrial safety expert and government officials. 'Many coal mines would rather not contribute ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/475059/safety-standards-ignored-pursuit-profits
  6. Trapped coal miners freed after 100 hours

    Posted Jun 11th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... The miners, who had been trapped for more than 100 hours, were found yesterday morning, Xinhua said. They were immediately sent to hospital for treatment. 'Wearing oxygen masks, all 10 miners ... destroyed a coal mine in Liupanshui, Guizhou province. It said rescuers found the bodies of five miners yesterday and were still looking for the other five. Thirteen miners were working underground ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/459047/trapped-coal-miners-freed-after-100-hours
  7. Work on link road to drive up dust levels

    Posted Aug 14th 2009, 12:00am by Joyce Ng, Olga Wong

    ... will exceed the Environmental Protection Department standards by about 30 per cent in seven non-residential parts of Tuen Mun, including a public park at Butterfly Beach and a fire station. When ... Department consultant Ove Arup & Partners said nitrogen dioxide and respirable suspended particulates in all parts of the project would meet government standards and no mitigation measures would ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/689680/work-link-road-drive-dust-levels
  8. Workplace carnage claims 15 lives an hour

    Posted Oct 22nd 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Vivien Cui More than 70pc of incidents blamed on dangerous practices Workplace accidents on the mainland claimed a staggering 15 lives an hour during the first three-quarters of the year, State Administration of Work Safety statistics show. The total of 98,809 deaths in the first nine months of the year represented a minimal reduction- of 0.25 per cent- compared with the same ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/475060/workplace-carnage-claims-15-lives-hour
  9. Warehouse fire burns for 4 hours

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

    ... Benjamin Wong It took four hours for more than 100 firefighters to put out a blaze at a warehouse in Kwai Chung yesterday. Smoke and the smell of chemicals filled the streets below after ... and resin- a chemical often used in inks, adhesives, synthetic plastics and pharmaceuticals. The goods made the firemen's work difficult, said the divisional officer of the Fire Services' ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/468354/warehouse-fire-burns-4-hours
  10. Blaze rages for seven hours at City Hall

    Posted Dec 07th 2004, 12:00am by Clifford Lo

    ... started at 1am and raged for seven hours, spreading dense smoke through corridors, a restaurant and other function rooms in the lower block. Eighteen fire engines and two ambulances were sent to the scene. It took 70 firefighters two hours to get the blaze under control and five hours to extinguish the flames. The air-conditioning plant room on the second floor of the lower block was badly ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/481084/blaze-rages-seven-hours-city-hall

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