Construction Worker

Hong Kong lags in government regulations for workers' health and safety

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"It was tough to lose a husband and a good daddy," says Hongkonger Mrs Kwan, a mother of two boys whose husband died in 2009 when he fell eight floors while dismantling some bamboo scaffolding.

Wednesday, 12 June, 2013, 12:30pm 2 comments

Contractors 'avoiding responsibility' over deaths of construction workers

Chan Kam-hong, Chief Executive of Association for the Rights of Industrial Accident Victims

It's time Hong Kong placed criminal liability for work-site deaths squarely on the shoulders of individuals, justice officials say.

28 Apr 2013 - 5:50am 5 comments

Injured workers, and widows, face long wait for payouts

Yu Yiu-wing hasn't worked since his injury in October. Photo: May Tse

When construction worker Yu Yiu-wing went to work on October 25 last year, he could not have expected an accident to put him out of work for the next six months, and counting.

28 Apr 2013 - 7:25am

What's being said on facebook.com/southchinamorningpost

A general view of Chi Lin Nunnery in Diamond Hill. Photo: David Wong

On the chief executive's threat to punish developers who hoard flats:

Keith McNab - A great idea. Property should be treated as a valuable community resource not to be wasted; not as an investment to be hoarded for greater profit. But developers feel no shame or responsibility to the community. Their only interest is profit and their personal wealth.

23 Jan 2013 - 3:30am

Backward industry needs a refit

A worker is fighting for his life after being electrocuted while carrying out repair work in the Legco building at the new government headquarters. It was the second time a construction worker suffered serious injuries at the Tamar site. As a government construction site, its safety standards are probably better than those in private projects.

13 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

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On workers toiling in the heat of a Hong Kong summer and having no legal protection:

Hannu Han - There was a construction worker who died of sunstroke a couple of years ago. I then wrote to a paper suggesting water fountains to be built around Hong Kong. I'm saying it here again.

13 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Safety talks after barbenders killed

Two construction workers were crushed to death when a 10-metre-high steel cage they were working in collapsed yesterday, prompting the government to open talks with the construction industry on 'worrying' safety issues.

Ten workers have died in accidents at construction sites this year, compared to nine in all of last year.

9 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Driver faces more serious charge after appeal

The Justice Department won an appeal for a construction worker - convicted of careless driving - to face trial for dangerous driving causing death. On August 16, 2008, Wong Shing-chi was thrown off his motorbike. He was then hit by Tse Wing-hang's car. District Judge Esther Toh Lye-ping ruled there was insufficient evidence to support the dangerous driving charge.

14 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Building sector squeeze

Faced with a shortage of skilled labour in certain categories, Hong Kong's booming construction sector is working with the government on a comprehensive plan covering training and worksite safety to attract recruits.

23 Oct 2010 - 12:00am

Recent tragedies

October 7 A 50-year-old man plunges 14 floors to his death from a flat in Western District after slashing the throat of his wife in a dispute over alleged love affairs

July 7 A father throws his six-year-old daughter out of a flat in Sha Tin and then jumps to his death

15 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

Rule may bar strikers' eventual return to work

Hundreds of striking bar benders will not be allowed to work on construction sites next month - not because of their protest, but because of a new ordinance that requires construction workers to be registered.

'About 700 ironworkers have registered, but 400 to 500 are still unregistered,' Construction Site Workers' General Union spokesman Ng Koon-kwan said yesterday.

26 Aug 2007 - 12:00am

MAINLAND WIDOW SEEKS COMPASSIONATE STAY

The mainland wife of a construction worker who died after a scaffold collapsed at a Tsim Sha Tsui hotel appealed yesterday for authorities to let her stay to take care of their four-year-old daughter. The woman, 27, whose two-way permit expires next Friday, made her appeal after visiting the Mody Road scaffold site. Her husband, Hung Chi-mang, 29, died and 16 workers were hurt on Monday.

11 Dec 2002 - 12:00am

Man suspected of raping girl, 10, released

A construction worker arrested on Monday on suspicion of raping a 10-year-old girl in her Aberdeen flat was released last night after the victim failed to identify the suspect.

Police said further forensic tests would be conducted. The girl, who was alone, was attacked after opening the door to a stranger who asked to use the bathroom. The suspect lives in the same estate.

10 Jul 2002 - 12:00am

Skeleton in suit found on vacant lot in Cheung Sha Wan

The skeleton of a man in a suit was found on wasteland in Cheung Sha Wan yesterday. Officers were called to a vacant piece of government land in Hing Wah Street West when a construction worker saw the bones. Police said it was unclear if there were suspicious circumstances. A postmortem examination will be performed today.

26 Feb 2002 - 12:00am

Worker hurt in site fall

A construction worker in Kwai Chung was injured when he fell about three metres. The 39-year-old man had been fixing scaffolding on the roof of a 12-storey building in Kwai Cheong Road.

29 Mar 2001 - 12:00am

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