Hong Kong – Construction of sewage rising mains at Tui Min Hoi, Sai Kung proposed

Construction of sewage rising mains at Tui Min Hoi, Sai Kung proposed


     ​The Government has proposed to construct twin sewage rising mains of approximately 120 metres in length and 375 millimetres in diameter at Tui Min Hoi, Sai Kung to minimise the risks of sewage rising mains failure and enhance the reliability of the related sewerage system. The extent of the area of foreshore and seabed affected is described in a notice gazetted today (March 31).

     The proposed works are scheduled to commence in the third quarter of 2024 for completion by the first quarter of 2027.
     The notice and its related plan are posted near the site. The plan is also available for inspection at:​

* Survey and Mapping Office of the Lands Department (23/F, North Point Government Offices, 333 Java Road, North Point, Hong Kong) (where copies can be purchased on order);
* Sai Kung Home Affairs Enquiry Centre of the Sai Kung District Office (G/F, Sai Kung Tseung Kwan O Government Complex, 38 Pui Shing Road, Hang Hau, Tseung Kwan O, New Territories); and
* Lands Department’s website (www.landsd.gov.hk) under Government Notices.
     Any person who considers that he or she has an interest, right or easement in or over the foreshore and seabed involved may submit a written objection to the Director of Lands, 20/F, North Point Government Offices, 333 Java Road, North Point, Hong Kong, within two months from the gazette date, i.e. on or before May 31. The notice of such an objection shall describe the interest, right or easement of the objector and the manner in which he or she will be allegedly affected.

Hong Kong – Construction Industry Safety Award Scheme promotes occupational safety and health culture (with photos)

Construction Industry Safety Award Scheme promotes occupational safety and health culture (with photos)


     ​The Labour Department (LD) held the 23rd Award Presentation Ceremony of the Construction Industry Safety Award Scheme today (March 26) to recognise principal contractors, sub-contractors, site personnel and frontline workers with good performances in occupational safety and health (OSH). The scheme aims at enhancing OSH awareness and fostering a culture of safety in the construction industry.
     This year’s award scheme received an overwhelming response with participation of 203 construction sites. Among them, 67 sub-contractors, 137 safety teams and 142 frontline foremen competed for awards in three categories: “Construction Sites”, “Safety Teams” and “Outstanding Frontline Foremen”. A total of 30 workers were also nominated for a “Safe Workers” award in the course of assessment. The result of the award scheme will be uploaded onto the LD homepage later.

     Speaking at the ceremony, the Commissioner for Labour, Ms May Chan, said among the 25 fatal industrial accidents that occurred last year, 17 involved the construction industry, indicating that the industry still had the highest OSH risks. The LD attaches great importance to the OSH standards in the industry. Last year, a series of promotional videos targeting different stakeholders such as contractors, workers and property owners were produced to promote safety measures required when carrying out work-above-ground activities and scaffolding work, while reminding the industry to put safety first. Going forward, the LD will continue to step up inspection and enforcement at construction sites, strengthen publicity and promotion as well as education and training so as to foster a culture of OSH in a proactive manner.
     Ms Chan added that the Bills Committee of the Legislative Council has completed its scrutiny of the Occupational Safety and Occupational Health Legislation (Miscellaneous Amendments) Bill 2022, to overall increase the maximum penalties of the OSH legislation. The LD intends to propose the resumption of the Second Reading debate on the Bill in April and expects that the passage of the Bill will have an immediate effect on raising OSH standards in Hong Kong.
     Inaugurated in 1999, the Construction Industry Safety Award Scheme is co-organised by the LD with 15 organisations, namely the Occupation Safety and Health Council, the Development Bureau, the Hong Kong Housing Authority, the Occupational Deafness Compensation Board, the Construction Industry Council, the Pneumoconiosis Compensation Fund Board, the Hong Kong Housing Society, the Hong Kong Construction Association, the Hong Kong General Building Contractors Association, the Hong Kong Construction Sub-Contractors Association, the Hong Kong Federation of Electrical and Mechanical Contractors Limited, the Minor Works Contractor Association, the Hong Kong Association of Property Management Companies, the Hong Kong Construction Industry Employees General Union and the Federation of Hong Kong Electrical and Mechanical Industries Trade Unions.

Hong Kong – Proposed construction of escalator link system between Wah Sing Street and Castle Peak Road – Kwai Chung gazetted

Proposed construction of escalator link system between Wah Sing Street and Castle Peak Road – Kwai Chung gazetted


     The Government gazetted today (March 17) the proposed construction of a covered escalator link system at the pedestrian ramp between Wah Sing Street in Kwai Chung and Castle Peak Road – Kwai Chung to provide convenience for the public to travel between the residential area near Castle Peak Road – Kwai Chung and the downhill public transportation facilities.

     Details of the proposal are set out in the Annex. The plan and scheme of the works are available for public inspection at the following government offices during office hours:
Central and Western Home Affairs Enquiry Centre,
G/F, Harbour Building,
38 Pier Road, Central, Hong Kong
Kwai Tsing Home Affairs Enquiry Centre,
2/F, Kwai Hing Government Offices Building,
166 – 174 Hing Fong Road, Kwai Chung, New Territories
District Lands Office, Tsuen Wan and Kwai Tsing,
10/F, Tsuen Wan Multi-storey Carpark Building,
174 – 208 Castle Peak Road, Tsuen Wan, New Territories
     The gazette notice, scheme, plan and location plan are available at www.tlb.gov.hk/eng/publications/transport/gazette/gazette.html.
     Any person who wishes to object to the works or the use, or both, is required to address to the Secretary for Transport and Logistics an objection in writing, which can be submitted via the following means:

  • By post or by hand to the Transport and Logistics Bureau’s Drop-in Box No. 6 located at the entrance on 2/F, East Wing, Central Government Offices, 2 Tim Mei Avenue, Tamar, Hong Kong. The box is available for use between 8am and 7pm from Monday to Friday (except public holidays);
  • By fax to 2868 4643; or
  • By email to gazettetlb@tlb.gov.hk.

     A notice of objection should describe the objector’s interest and the manner in which he or she alleges that he or she will be affected by the works or the use. Objectors are requested to provide contact details to facilitate communication. A notice of objection should be delivered to the Secretary for Transport and Logistics not later than May 16, 2023.

FTL Construction Law (.com), Launches in 2023

 New York and Florida-based Construction Litigation and Arbitration firm, The Law Offices of John Caravella, P.C., has launched a secondary website (ftlconstructionlaw.com), to create a distinction between its parent site, (liconstructionlaw.com). Focusing primarily on Solar Panel issues, FTL Construction Law touches on the legal disputes and issues thousands of Florida residents are currently facing with their solar panels installed. From roof specs, relocating, leasing vs owning solar energy panels, solar companies’ reputations, property damage, and more, FTL Construction Law is a gateway to needed information when debating on researching legal options.

With a singular focus on construction law and a detailed emphasis on communication with clients, they can expect honesty and trust from every member from Mr. Caravella’s firm. This serves as a foundational principle for the firm, acting as a driving force for growth since their establishment in 2008.

As we know, solar energy systems and warranties are governed primarily by state law, but are also subject to federal laws. As FTL Construction Law (.com) is a doorway for prospective clients to learn and understand more about Legal Disputes in Solar Energy, they will also be able to read and learn about other construction related issues such as Supplier Disputes, Construction Contract Claims, Construction Defects, Construction Disputes, Labor Law, House Lifting, Litigation, Arbitration, Construction Contract Advising Consulting, Post-Fire Reconstruction and Insurance Claims, and Natural Disaster Recovery, such as relief programs sponsored by FEMA and the American Red Cross.

The Law Offices of John Caravella, P.C. also assists attorneys with clients that have construction concerns on a construction project. If your client is planning for a construction project, one is already underway, or they have a concern on a completed matter, do not have just any real estate or traffic lawyer be in your corner. Construction projects are often complex and so to can be the issues related to a construction dispute.

To request a consultation, please visit FTL Construction Law (.com).

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RealRate’s U.S. Construction Ranking 2022

 U.S. Construction Ranking 2022

The new Construction ratings for 2022 have just been released by RealRate.

These are the top three US Construction companies with best financial health, measured by Economic Capital Ratio:

KB Home – 2108.49%

NVR – 2035.51%

Century Communities – 1464.37%

The complete rating of 44 companies is published on their website.

Founded in 1857 as Kaufman & Broad in Detroit, Michigan, KB HOME is an American homebuilding company. They rose from 3rd place in 2021 to take the top spot this year. NVR are a lot newer, starting out in 1980, and is one of America’s biggest homebuilders, serving customers in large swathes of metropolitan America. They hold onto their 2nd spot from 2021. Century Communities is even newer, founded in 1994 and make a good comeback to the RealRate ratings this year with an excellent 3rd spot.

CEO Dr. Holger Bartel: “The U.S. Construction industry was worth a colossal $1.6 trillion in 2021 and it was widely expected to increase that during 2022. It rose in total volume by 8% between 2020 and 2021, with some of the biggest ever recorded figures for private construction. Three construction companies recorded revenue of over $15 billion in 2020.”

About RealRate:

RealRate is an international rating agency based in Santa Clara and Berlin, founded in 2021. Using cutting edge explainable Artificial Intelligence, we provide fair company ratings avoiding any conflict of interest. Combing AI and expert knowledge, financial strength is evaluated based on the published annual reports. RealRate provides rankings for dozens of industries, like insurance, IT, real estate, food and pharma. Only the best rated companies are awarded with the RealRate seal of approval.

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