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Hotel fined for dangerous building facade

Hotel fined for dangerous building facade

Taipei, March 22 (CNA) A luxury hotel was fined NT$300,000 (US$9,563) by Taipei City government on Sunday for an incident when a pedestrian was injured by tiles falling from the facade of its building. The Taipei Municipal Construction Management Office imposed the fine on the Regent Taipei hotel and ordered its management to fix the problematic building facade along Linsen North Road within 15 days. The victim, a 34-year-woman, was hit on the head by mosaic tiles that fell from the exterior wall on the 14th and 15th floor of the hotel, according to the city's Fire Department. The woman was rushed to a nearby hospital, where she was found to have a coin-size wound to the head but be alert, according to Regent Taipei staff who accompanied her to the hospital. Other than the injury to the woman's head, blood pressure and heartbeat were found to be normal, the hotel staff added. The hotel said it will take responsibility for the accident and promised to repair the damaged facade and inspect the safety of all other exterior walls. This is the second accident of its kind in two weeks, after a slab of marble fell from a building owned by the United Daily News near Zhongxiao East Road in Taipei, killing one pedestrian and seriously injuring another on March 13. The incident has prompted Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je to order an emergency inspection of building facades and tiles throughout the city. On Sunday, the city's construction management office said 138 buildings across the city have been listed as having ageing facings and the owners of the buildings asked to make safety improvements within a fixed period of time. The list is available on the office's official website. (By Ku Chuan, Esme Jiang and Elizabeth Hsu)


Updated : 2021-06-23 08:08 GMT+08:00