22 February 2019
The building in Wanchai where scaffolding collapsed partially on Monday. Photos: RTHK
The building in Wanchai where scaffolding collapsed partially on Monday. Photos: RTHK

Scaffolding collapses at Wanchai building; no one injured

A large scaffolding structure near the Wharney Guang Dong Hotel in Wanchai collapsed on Monday, causing east-bound traffic on Lockhart Road to be affected for about three hours.

No one was injured in the incident at 57-73 Lockhart Road, which left the scaffolding hanging in midair for about three hours, RTHK reports.

The scaffolding had been erected to facilitate demolition activity at the Empire Land Commercial Centre.

A notice confirming the construction site’s safety was seen posted just outside the premises, stating that the most recent inspection on the scaffolding was carried out a week ago, Commercial Radio noted.

Police have confirmed that there were no casualties in the accident that took place at around 2pm even though some cement came off wall of the building.

Authorities will conduct an investigation to determine the cause of the accident, but a spokesperson from the contractors has claimed that the reason for the collapse was poor weather conditions last month.

Rain and typhoon may have caused mould in the bamboo piles of the scaffolding, the person said, stressing that the building itself posed no danger to the public.

The Empire Land Commercial Centre, a 25-storey building at 81-85 Lockhart Road, was bought by Emperor International Holdings two years ago for HK$819 million, AM730 noted.

According to the contractors, the building was surrounded by scaffoldings and nets to ensure safety during demolition work, which was already half completed when the incident happened.

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