About 140 cargo safety inspectors and instructors will be trained to observe weather changes and interpret radar data under a new Observatory programme to improve safety at container terminals. The Observatory has developed the half-day course in response to a fatal accident early this month caused by typhoon-strength gusts of wind. A driver was killed and another two men were injured when the wind toppled empty containers onto their trucks at the Hong Kong International Terminals (HIT). All cargo terminals are required to employ full-time safety officers and instructors to monitor and train operators in the proper handling of container cargos. About 40 safety officers and 100 instructors will attend a half-day introductory course about strong winds and how to observe weather changes, this week or next. Scientific officers from the Observatory and the Labour Department will be responsible for conducting the new safety programme. 'We will give them a tailor-made lecture which covers weather observation and how to make use of the radar information posted on our website,' Observatory scientific officer Chan Chik-cheung said. Legislator Wong Kwok-hing said he thought weather knowledge would help safety officers to judge when to suspend all operations at a container terminal due to weather conditions. 'They will be able to come up with contingency measures in case of bad weather, or they can order all workers to stay indoors to avoid injury and accidents,' he said. Mr Wong has asked the government to authorise safety officers to stop all operations at container terminals without getting prior approval from container terminal owners or senior managers. The Container Transportation Employee General Union also suggested no more than five empty containers should be piled on top of each other to prevent workers being injured by falling containers. The Labour Department will finish inspections at all container terminals this month to see if they have observed safety measures, with special attention to the arrangement of empty containers. 'The inspectors will check if all empty containers are tightly secured against strong winds,' Mr Wong said.