Legislators approved a motion urging the Government to take immediate action to improve industrial safety. The motion, moved by Tsang Kin-shing of the Democratic Party, expressed concern about the recent spate of serious industrial accidents in which workers have been killed. An amendment sponsored by unionist Chan Yuen-han of the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment of Hong Kong was also passed unanimously. The amendment demanded that a statutory body with strong powers be set up to co-ordinate occupational safety and health. Mr Tsang said the Government should also step up law enforcement and impose heavy penalties on those who failed to comply with the safety regulations in order to create a deterrent. He also described last week's inter-departmental summit to discuss industrial safety as a 'show' because it only looked at recent accidents instead of formulating long-term measures to improve industrial safety. Ms Chan said that recent accidents were the result of a lack of systematic and comprehensive monitoring by the Government. 'The Government has made all of us learn this bloody lesson,' Ms Chan said. Secretary for Education and Manpower Joseph Wong Wing-ping said setting up a statutory body as Ms Chan demanded would only create a big bureaucratic mechanism. He said different departments had been co-operating well to deal with the problem.