A spokesman for the Development Bureau (DEVB) said today (August 9) that the Government attached great importance to construction safety. In response to the fatal work accident at North Kwai Chung Tang Shiu Kin Sports Centre on August 7, the DEVB has suspended the contractor concerned from tendering for public works contracts pursuant to the regulating regime.
The spokesman said that the contractor concerned was under the List of Approved Contractors for Public Works and the List of Approved Suppliers of Materials and Specialist Contractors for Public Works of the DEVB. The DEVB issued a notification to the contractor concerned last night (August 8) to suspend it from tendering for the relevant category of public works contracts with immediate effect. The contractor concerned has to conduct an independent safety audit to review its safety management system. Taking cognisance of the outcome of the independent safety audit, the contractor is required to submit an improvement action plan and implement improvement measures, with a view to demonstrating that it has an effective safety management system before uplifting of the suspension from tendering can be considered. The suspension from tendering is not only confined to future tender exercises, but is also applicable to tender exercises with procedures initiated but not concluded.
The DEVB may impose further regulating actions on the contractor concerned afterwards, subject to the investigation findings of the fatal work accident.
Ends/Wednesday, August 9, 2023
Issued at HKT 10:42