Balcony collapse halts project Residents at a building where a balcony having illegal structures removed collapsed have had their lives turned inside out by the incident, with some balconies left exposed because work was halted. Construction work at Moonway Mansion was suspended after the collapse on Monday at the fifth-floor flat, in a Kwun Tong building in Yuet Wah Street, as an investigation was launched. The building's owners' corporation put up a notice informing residents about the suspension. Lam Kwan-cheuk, who also lives on the fifth floor, said: 'Though the Buildings Department only ordered the concerned unit to stop removal work of the balcony, workers dare not continue removing illegal structures from other units after the collapse.' Seventy-two of the 144 apartments at Moonway Mansion received removal orders for balconies to which walls and windows had been added. About a dozen units are undergoing work to remove illegal structures. 'Rainfall comes into my home and I think the same is happening to other units which are affected by the collapse. I don't know what to do and don't know when workers will come back to work,' Mr Lam said. His kitchen and bedroom are partly exposed to the open air. 'I am worried that I will have to spend lots of money to clean up the mess at home and do repair work on the floor, as tiles have been soaked with rain.' A Buildings Department spokeswoman said it was difficult to name an exact date when the concerned flat would be ready for construction work again but said work was allowed at other units. 'We have advised the owners' corporation to suspend work at the concerned flat, as we have to collect evidence and conduct an investigation,' she said. The department has also stepped up inspections of other buildings in Yuet Wah Street which share similar structural features to Moonway Mansion: flats with balconies that have added windows and walls. Many of them have been told to remove the illegal structures. The spokeswoman said: 'Some buildings have already started construction work to remove illegal structures. Some are planning to. Inspection of these sites should be done by an authorised person or registered structural engineer, but our department will do it this time to make sure workers are doing their jobs according to regulations.' A former president of the Hong Kong Institute of Engineers, Greg Wong Chak-yan, reminded property owners who have been ordered to remove similar illegal structures to keep a close eye on these projects, as most involved old buildings. 'They should make sure workers use small tools to break walls, as this kind of illegal structure is mostly found in old buildings,' he said. 'They should also check if there is any crack on the floor after the construction work is done, and make sure workers remove debris bit by bit after demolishing walls.'