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City University roof collapse

Engineers fail to come forward for City University of Hong Kong roof collapse probe

Three construction industry professionals fail to show up to assist with the investigations

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 31 May, 2016, 7:01am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 31 May, 2016, 7:00am

The failure of three construction industry professionals to come forward and give information will not hinder efforts to find out what led to the collapse of the green rooftop at City University, the committee charged with investigating the incident said on Monday.

Surveyor Kenneth Chan Jor-kin, structural engineer Tsang Yin-sang, and Sam Mak Kang-hoi, a shareholder in Sinoway Construction Engineering, which built the rooftop, were invited last week to assist with the investigations but did not show up as scheduled on Monday.

At a meeting on the loading and drainage system in place on the structure, committee chairman Paul Lam Kwan-sing said they still had abundant information on hand to reach a comprehensive conclusion.

Tsang has claimed he was never responsible for any of the greening work involved on the rooftop, and has demanded his name by cleared.

But Lam said records showed Tsang was the registered structural engineer of a water tank which was part of the irrigation system for the greening work. Lam did not specify however whether the tank was in Hu Fa Kuang Sports Centre, on which the roof fell.

The committee will continue to invite other relevant professionals to its meetings if members feel it would help with the investigations, Lam said, adding they would still try to submit a report to the university by June 6.