AN official proposal to make individual construction staff criminally responsible for site accidents has been branded as half-baked by the head of a leading training institute. Under the proposal, engineers, architects and other professionals could be jailed for up to three years and face a maximum fine of $250,000 if they were found accountable for construction site accidents. Construction Industry Training Authority executive director Albert Tong Yat-chu said the Buildings Department plans were at odds with the review of industrial safety by the Education and Manpower Branch. 'The department's amendment is not thoroughly thought through. It will create a lot of problems for contractors and professionals,' he said. Mr Tong said the department's proposal was a hasty reaction to last September's Nathan Road tragedy when six people were crushed by falling concrete from a demolition site. Professional groups, including the Hong Kong Construction Association and the Institution of Engineers (HKIE) also said the proposal was unworkable. Mr Tong said an authorised engineer was frequently left in charge of several sites. 'He cannot be everywhere at the same time, so how can he know what is always going on?' he said. Dr Raymond Ho Chung-tai, a former president of the HKIE, said private developers should be forced to hire independent engineers to ensure building works are up to standard. 'The present law only requires periodic inspection of the site by an authorised person or structural engineer. But 'periodic' can mean once a week or once a month,' he said. The Legislative Council will review the proposals when it resumes its next session.