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

Why is Hong Kong last frontier for bamboo scaffolders?

Shouldering the frame: Scaffolder Anson Yan, 31, carries a supply of bamboo rods. Photo: Nora Tam

In Hong Kong - the last frontier of bamboo scaffolding - where tall, skinny buildings shoot up daily, more than five million bamboo rods, each six to seven metres long, are used every year by the construction industry.

2 Dec 2013 - 12:19pm 2 comments

China Digest, October 11, 2012


Public opposes traffic fees

11 Oct 2012 - 4:40am

In Brief

Father convicted of molesting daughter

A security guard was convicted in the District Court yesterday of molesting his daughter at home between 2002 and last year. The 65-year-old had pleaded not guilty to four indecent assault charges. He began molesting the girl when she was eight. Sentencing was adjourned to March 26.

Arrest over criminal damage

28 Feb 2009 - 12:00am

In Brief

Concrete fells scaffolders

Two scaffolders working in Kwun Tong were hurt when a lump of concrete was dislodged and hit them. They were working outside the second-floor flat of a building in Hung To Road. They were treated at hospital and discharged.

21 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

Building confidence

THE FAMILIAR LATTICEWORK rises a few storeys a day. Within months, nimble workers have weaved the bamboo frame to dizzying heights, wrapping buildings with a second skin. Developers build skyscrapers to an ear-popping 80 storeys and more using hydraulic platforms and other modern devices.

27 Apr 2006 - 12:00am

Danger from above

Hong Kong's streets are not safe. Until the government does something about it and stops thinking the sorry attempt at stepped-up public education is a real solution, there is a good chance people will continue to be injured or even killed.

15 Jul 2005 - 12:00am

Opera's bamboo homes in doubt

Craft of building the temporary structures needs new learners

Wearing rubber gloves to protect their hands, their bodies glistening with sweat under a blazing sun, bamboo workers nimbly go about building another Chiu Chow opera house in Wong Tai Sin.

24 Aug 2004 - 12:00am

Woman, 75, killed by scaffolding

A 75-year-old grandmother was killed yesterday when a two-metre bamboo pole fell from scaffolding outside a 23-storey building in Chai Wan.

Police said the woman, identified only by her surname Lau, was at the junction of Tai Tak and Kam Wa streets just before 3.30pm when the pole fell from the 13th floor, striking her on the neck.

20 Jul 2003 - 12:00am

Building site blaze

Workers had to be evacuated to safety from the Laguna Verde phase four construction site in Hunghom when a fire broke out in scaffolding.

4 Nov 2000 - 12:00am

Mercy mission

Rescuers tend to Wai Hon-ming, 36, who fell from scaffolding on the 14th floor of a building yesterday but was saved by a metal structure six storeys down.

Mr Wai, was last night fighting for his life in Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital.

23 Mar 2000 - 12:00am

Suspect in stand-off

A suspected burglar, 37, surrendered after a nine-hour stand-off on scaffolding outside a 10th-floor flat in Ho King Building, On Ning Road, Yuen Long.

25 Jun 1999 - 12:00am

Woes linger

A section of Gilman Street, Central was still closed to traffic last night after the collapse of 15-storey-high scaffolding from the China Insurance Group Building.

9 Apr 1999 - 12:00am

Scaffolding collapse

Two workers were injured when scaffolding collapsed in Fortress Hill Road, North Point. The two, aged 36 and 37, were working more than 26 floors up.

10 Jun 1996 - 12:00am

Bus shock

AN elderly man suffered a cut face when a bamboo pole from scaffolding poked through the window of the bus in which he was travelling. The 75-year-old was sitting on the top deck of the China Motor Bus when it brushed by the scaffolding in Shau Kei Wan Road. He was taken to hospital, treated and discharged.

7 Aug 1995 - 12:00am