Poor maintenance caused collapse

Poor maintenance was to blame for the collapse of a canopy in Tuen Mun that seriously injured a man and damaged several cars, a Buildings Department investigation has found.

Friday, 7 October, 2011, 12:00am

Six-week blitz on canopies after collapse

The Buildings Department will carry out a six-week special inspection on 4,000 buildings with canopies similar to the one that collapsed in Tuen Mun, seriously injuring a man on Thursday night.

Department officials said the inspection on cantilevered slab canopies would start from today.

11 Jun 2011 - 12:00am


Man's Heritage: Sloth, The 7th Deadly Sin

Pearl, 8.30pm

This bizarre, secretive and indolent animal is related to ant eaters and armadillos but, unlike them, eats only plants and moves lazily through the tree canopy of tropical rainforests, munching on leaves. If you think nothing much could happen in the life of such an inactive animal, think again.

2 May 2002 - 12:00am

Defective balconies won't collapse - yet

Hundreds of balconies and canopies need checking to see what work is required to stop them collapsing, an official said yesterday.

But building officials noted that the 405 which failed to meet the highest standards would not collapse in the 'immediate future'.

Twenty-eight suspect canopies and balconies have so far been demolished.

12 Dec 1998 - 12:00am

Canopy collapse

A first-floor canopy suspected to be an illegal structure broke free from a building in Pak Sha Road, Causeway Bay, injuring a 20-year-old worker.

23 Jun 1998 - 12:00am

Canopy fall

A semi-naked man, aged about 40, was found unconscious on a canopy on the first floor of a six-storey building in Second Street, Sai Ying Pun. He was in critical condition.

26 Nov 1997 - 12:00am

Three charged in wake of collapse

THREE people are to be prosecuted following the Aberdeen canopy collapse last August which killed an 80-year-old newspaper vendor and injured 12 others.

However, illegal alterations being made by the three at the time of the collapse are not blamed for the tragedy, whose cause dates from construction.

20 Jul 1995 - 12:00am

Buildings safety review

THE Government is to launch a $40 million study on building safety.

In a submission to legislators for funding approval, the Buildings Department proposed to employ consultants to study all 14,500 buildings constructed between 1959 and 1980.

The two-year survey would focus on steel corrosion and material deterioration.

24 Jun 1995 - 12:00am

Canopy catch

A 36-YEAR-OLD woman was saved by a first-floor canopy after falling from a fourth-floor flat in Apliu Street, Shamshuipo.

31 May 1995 - 12:00am

Scheme to inspect canopies

OWNERS of old buildings with canopies may be forced to carry out inspections depending on the results of a government study to be completed by the end of the year.

25 May 1995 - 12:00am

Canopy probe

OWNERS of old buildings with canopies may be forced to carry out inspections depending on the results of a government study to be completed by the end of the year.

25 May 1995 - 12:00am

Canopy probe

BUILDING Department inspectors will launch a probe into the collapse of a concrete canopy on the fifth floor of 19 Hing Yan Street, Ma Tau Kok.

25 Nov 1994 - 12:00am

Penalties for illegal building may treble

THE Buildings Department has proposed a more than threefold increase in penalties for carrying out unauthorised building work.

A department spokesman said it had reviewed penalties contained in the Buildings Ordinance and submitted its proposals for increases to the Planning, Environment and Lands Branch.

4 Nov 1994 - 12:00am

Passers-by escape new collapse

WITHIN 24 hours of the fatal Nathan Road tragedy, a canopy collapsed in Wan Chai, sending slabs of concrete, bricks and rubble crashing to the ground.

No one was injured, but police had to close a section of Thomson Road between Fleming Road and Johnston Road while the site was made safe.

11 Sep 1994 - 12:00am

Tougher rules on canopies apply to new buildings

TOUGHER planning regulations have virtually outlawed the construction of canopies on new buildings.

Those that are constructed use aluminium rather than heavy reinforced concrete.

2 Aug 1994 - 12:00am