Family shattered by falling-tree death, government indifference

My brother-in-law, Choi Kit-keung, was struck by a 15-metre tree that fell in Sha Tin, and died after sustaining serious head injuries ('Death adds to concerns about tree precautions', June 16).

Saturday, 19 June, 2010, 12:00am

Graft has undermined party's grip on power, premier warns

Beijing has renewed its pledge to keep graft at bay, with Premier Wen Jiabao warning yesterday that corruption has undermined the Communist Party's grip on power.

6 Mar 2010 - 12:00am

Safety of our homes and offices must be assured

When a building collapses in as spectacular and tragic a fashion as did the five-storey block of flats in To Kwa Wan, outrage is to be expected. Our city is wealthy and not short of the resources to ensure that high safety standards are maintained.

2 Feb 2010 - 12:00am

Law on building inspections being drafted

The government was drafting legislation for a mandatory building inspection scheme and a mandatory window inspection scheme to require private building owners to check their buildings and windows regularly, Secretary for Development Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor said yesterday.

11 Jun 2015 - 4:29pm

10-year checks for old buildings

The government has finalised plans for introducing mandatory inspections on private buildings aged 30 years or more - some of which are showing signs of crumbling - in a bid to improve safety.

The new measures will be presented to lawmakers for discussion next week, a government source has revealed.

19 May 2007 - 12:00am

Checks on officials' integrity expanded

The Communist Party is expanding a system reminiscent of the imperial envoys in ancient times, sending inspectors around the country to check local officials' integrity.

28 Jul 2006 - 12:00am

In Brief

New regulations target dictionary publishers

2 May 2006 - 12:00am

KCRC urged to review rules on train inspections

Expert doubts maintenance guidelines are up to date

The KCRC should implement new inspection procedures for its rolling stock to ensure any new fractured components are detected early, the head of an expert panel investigating the recent spate of cracks in train parts has said.

20 Feb 2006 - 12:00am

ICAC to advise on 'cosy road deals'

Graft-busters should be drafted in to investigate whether highways department inspectors have 'behind the scenes' dealings with construction contractors, officials were told yesterday.

18 May 2001 - 12:00am

Abseilers can still be used

I refer to Michael Wilkinson's letter (South China Morning Post, September 10), querying the amendments to Part VA of the Construction Site Safety (Amendment) Regulation and the ban on the use of abseilers from carrying out building inspections.

16 Sep 1999 - 12:00am

Building safety

Property owners should get tax relief as an incentive to maintain their premises, the Association for Democracy and People's Livelihood said yesterday.

It backed mandatory building inspections, starting with blocks more than 30 years old. Representatives met the new Director of Buildings, Leung Chin-man.

8 Sep 1999 - 12:00am

Surveyors say new buildings need checking

All buildings should be checked under any new mandatory inspection scheme, not just those more than 20 years old, a professional group said yesterday.

Even new structures should be scrutinised, said the Hong Kong Institute of Surveyors in its response to a government move to draft new compulsory inspection laws after a hawker was killed by falling concrete last week.

20 Aug 1999 - 12:00am

Faster food inspection goal for new Felixstowe facility

Completion of Britain's largest temperature-controlled examination facility at Hutchison Port Holdings' port of Felixstowe will enable both non-food and food goods to be examined without delay.

The facility has been built to European Union specifications.

28 May 1999 - 12:00am

Hygiene inspectors aim to stamp out cholera

Health inspectors will target restaurants with poor hygiene standards to tackle soaring cholera cases.

With 65 cases this year - compared with 14 last year - the Urban Services Department yesterday said it would step up prosecutions during the second phase of its hygiene inspection campaign.

28 Aug 1998 - 12:00am

Red tape 'smothering livelihoods'

The catering and entertainment industries yesterday urged the Government to remove red tape in the midst of the economic downturn.

Industries leaders from Kowloon West met Liberal Party members and both groups voiced discontent over the Government's licensing process.

21 Aug 1998 - 12:00am