Registered General Building Contractor and its Authorized Signatory disciplined for negligence or misconduct in building works
The Registered Contractors' Disciplinary Board has completed a disciplinary inquiry and decided that a Registered General Building Contractor (RGBC) under the Buildings Ordinance and its Authorized Signatory (AS) shall be disciplined for being negligent or misconducting themselves in building works under section 13(2)(b) of the Ordinance.
The Board ordered these two respondents, the RGBC and its AS, to be reprimanded and each to pay the costs of inquiry of the Board and the Building Authority in the sums of $214,300 and $173,800 respectively. The Board's decision was published in the Gazette today (November 27). Details are available at the following link: www.gld.gov.hk/egazette/pdf/20151948/egn201519489055.pdf .
The two respondents were negligent or misconducted themselves in falsely certifying the certificate on completion of building works not resulting in a new building or of street works signed in 2007 (the Form BA14) for alteration and addition works (A&A works) in a private estate at Tsing Yi, New Territories, and failing to ensure that the chemical composition of the stainless steel constructed was up to the required standard in accordance with the approved plans of the A&A works.
After the disciplinary hearing conducted in March, August and November of 2014, the Board made the above decision and order on November 7, 2014, in accordance with sections 13(4)(c), 13(4A) and 13(6) of the Ordinance.
A spokesperson for the Buildings Department emphasised that persons registered under the Ordinance and/or appointed to act on the registered contractors' behalf for the purposes of the Ordinance may be disciplined if they commit negligence or misconduct. They may be liable to criminal prosecution if they commit other offences under the Ordinance.
Ends/Friday, November 27, 2015