FOURTEEN years ago, six workers died when a lift plunged seven floors at a construction site in Kowloon Bay. A cable snapped as the men were going up to the roof of one of the blocks at Telford Gardens on July 22, 1979. The site contractor, Hopewell Construction Company, was ordered to ground all similar lifts in use during an investigation launched by the Government. Hopewell said the lift had been in use for only six months and had been periodically checked before a mechanical fault caused the accident. But investigators found that the cable snapped because of motor malfunction, which meant the gears were running out of order. An inquest returned verdicts of accidental death and found that there were design faults in the lift. The jury recommended that the rules for design and maintenance of passenger hoists be tightened. Other industrial accidents involving multiple deaths: January 20, 1981, eleven workers burnt to death in a fire at a wig factory in North Point. An inquest later returned verdicts of accidental death on all workers and recommended various fire safety improvements. June 17, 1981, three workers plunged 17 floors when scaffolding collapsed from a Tuen Mun rooftop chimney. July 5, 1986, three workers were poisoned by toxic gas inside a 13-metre underground chamber at a Ma On Shan construction site. October 8, 1986, 14 people died and many were badly burned when an explosion and fire ripped through the Cipel-Marco fur factory in Kwai Chung. July 13, 1992, a worker was buried in 23 metres of mud and died while working in an underground caisson on a power station construction site in Yau Ma Tei. April 13, 1993, two workers were killed when a 60-metre crane collapsed at the Tsing Ma bridge construction site.