Public Safety

Evacuation at Wan Chai Tower after fire discovered in lift machine room

The Wan Chai Tower (centre) on Harbour Road. Photo: David Wong

Some 100 people evacuated and 13 lift passengers briefly trapped during lunchtime incident.

Tuesday, 11 March, 2014, 4:33pm

Hong Kong concrete test result shocks Jiayu Garden flat owners

Jiayu Garden flat owners protest about the safety of their homes

Flat owners of Shenzhen's Jiayu Garden, who suspect that the developer had used cheap sea sand in the concrete, are shocked to learn that a sample from their block barely passed Hong Kong's standard for chloride ions.

11 Apr 2013 - 5:44am 1 comment

Flat owners reject official test results on suspected substandard concrete

Flat owners demonstrate in Shenzhen. Photo: He Huifeng

The Shenzhen Housing and Construction Bureau released a statement on its official website yesterday saying six major property projects in the city, including Jiayu Garden and Ping An International Financial Centre, which at 660 metres will be the city's tallest building when completed, were safe and met national standards for concrete.

24 Mar 2013 - 5:57am

High stakes involved in Shenzhen's concrete scandal

Recent reports of some property developers using unsuitable materials for construction in Shenzhen have rung the alarm bells over building and public safety.

Over the past two decades, Shenzhen has awed many with its construction prowess, building upwards and sideways at jaw-dropping speed and scale. But recently, reports of some property developers using unsuitable materials for construction have rung the alarm bells over building and public safety. Urgent investigation is needed.

20 Mar 2013 - 3:11am

New committee set up to look into lift safety

Paul Chan Mo-po. Photo: Sam Tsang

Paul Chan Mo-po, on his official blog yesterday, wrote that the lift and escalator safety advisory committee would be represented by the lift trade and "outside-sector parties" such as property management firms, property owners and consumers.

18 Mar 2013 - 4:44am

Falling crime rate a Hong Kong success to celebrate

Although Hong Kong is not totally free of violent crime, it is a remarkably safe place to live in.

Although Hong Kong is not totally free of violent crime, it is a remarkably safe place to live in. Comparable communities in developed Asia, like Japan, Korea and Singapore, also have markedly lower crime rates than most Western societies.

22 Feb 2013 - 4:04am

China needs more openness when public safety is threatened

Shanxi Tianji Coal Chemical Group which is responsible for aniline leakage accident in Changzhi, north China's Shanxi Province. Photo: Xinhua

When a major public health crisis occurs, the first thing a government should do is to alert the people and do whatever it can to protect them. Regrettably, municipal authorities across the border seem to do things differently. Whenever anything goes wrong on the mainland, a cover-up appears to be the first step to take.

12 Jan 2013 - 8:08am

Above-ground trains to stop under No 9 typhoon signal or higher: MTR

All above-ground MTR train services will be suspended when a No 9 typhoon signal or higher is hoisted.

All above-ground train services will be suspended when a No 9 typhoon signal or higher is hoisted, the MTR Corporation said.

Miranda Leung Chan Che-ming, MTR Corp's corporate relations general manager, said the decision came after the railway registered complaints from hundreds of passengers stranded in stations when Typhoon Vicente hit the city in July.

31 Dec 2012 - 5:35am

Trigger-happy Shenzhen police cause public concern

Public concern about the abuse of guns by police is increasing, with a newspaper reporting yesterday that police in Shenzhen had been encouraged to "pull the trigger" promptly when required.

There have been two recent cases of Shenzhen policemen shooting people dead in personal disputes.

14 Dec 2012 - 3:59am

More than 40 injured in Wan Chai bus collision

Rescuers attempt to free a stranded passenger with about 44 others in a three-bus pile up at peak rush hour in Wan Chai. Photo: David Wong

About 45 people were in injured on Tuesday when three buses were involved in a pile-up shortly before 7pm on Johnston Road in Wan Chai during peak rush hour.

27 Nov 2012 - 10:20pm 1 comment

Safety fears over use of draft horses to pull wedding carriages at Hong Kong's Discovery Bay

Three of the four draft horses that have been brought into Discovery Bay are taken for their morning exercise. Photo: Anna Healy Fenton

Goliath's Revenge, Tank, Epic Thunder and Gracie's Eclipse cause quite a stir on their daily walks around Discovery Bay's North Plaza area. Each stands two metres high and weighs about 500kg.

But not everyone is delighted to see the four giants on their sleepy patch and some local residents fear that there may be accidents.

23 Sep 2012 - 3:08am

The main players in the Manila hostage crisis: Where are they now?

Alfredo Lim

Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim

23 Aug 2012 - 4:00am

Agreement to hire extra lifeguards averts strike

Beach-goers and swimmers can breathe a sigh of relief. Lifeguards agreed to a last-minute deal with the government for extra staff and called off a strike planned for tomorrow.

The Hong Kong and Kowloon Life Guards' Union claimed victory yesterday after the Leisure and Cultural Services Department agreed to hire an extra of 50 lifeguards this summer to ease workloads.

15 Aug 2012 - 10:58pm

Temporary lifeguards recruited to beat strike

A dozen lifeguards protested at Kowloon Park Swimming Pool yesterday as the Leisure and Cultural Services Department tried to hire temporary lifeguards to cope with a strike planned for the weekend.

About 800 lifeguards will strike on Sunday - the city's official Sport For All Day - as part of their campaign for an additional 400 staff to improve services at beaches and pools.

15 Aug 2012 - 10:54pm

100 mourn flood dead, but police out in force

About 100 people gathered under close police watch for about 20 minutes yesterday afternoon to mourn those killed in last weekend's floods in Beijing.

Despite the police presence, a small group of people began to gather at about 2pm at the Guangqumen Bridge, where several of the 77 known victims drowned.

29 Jul 2012 - 12:00am