Registered specialist contractor disciplined for carrying out building works in a dangerous manner
The Registered Contractors' Disciplinary Board (the Board) has completed a disciplinary inquiry under the Buildings Ordinance (the Ordinance) and decided that a registered specialist contractor shall be disciplined for carrying out building works in a dangerous manner.
The Board's written decision and order issued on April 14 was published in the Gazette today (April 28). Details are available at the following link: www.gld.gov.hk/egazette/pdf/20232717/egn202327172451.pdf.
The Board ordered the contractor to be reprimanded and to pay about $100,000, being the costs of the Board for conducting the inquiry.
The contractor carried out foundation works at a construction site at Kwok Shui Road, Tsuen Wan, in July 2011 during which one of the steel reinforcement cages for the foundation works collapsed, resulting in a fatal accident. The contractor was later prosecuted and was fined $150,000 upon conviction at the Tsuen Wan Magistrates' Courts in January 2017, pursuant to sections 40(2B)(a) and 40(2B)(c) of the Ordinance.
In view of the conviction, the Buildings Department (BD) notified the Board for consideration of disciplinary action against the contractor under the provision of section 13(1) of the Ordinance.
A spokesperson for the BD reiterated that any registered contractor who contravenes the relevant provisions of the Ordinance in carrying out building works is not only liable to criminal prosecution, but also disciplinary action.
Ends/Friday, April 28, 2023