HK New construction safety measures drafted

HK New construction safety measures drafted

The Labour Department has formulated multi-pronged measures to safeguard the occupational safety of construction site workers, Commissioner for Labour Donald Tong said today.

Speaking at the Construction Industry Safety Award Scheme Award Presentation Ceremony & Fun Day, Mr Tong expressed concern about challenges to work safety brought about by the expected vibrant development of the construction industry.

To safeguard worker safety, he said the department had formulated a set of countermeasures, including stepping up inspections and monitoring, controlling work hazards at source, tackling systemic risks, launching sponsorship schemes and strengthening publicity and training.

Last year, the department issued 500 suspension notices and 716 improvement notices in special enforcement operations targeting high-risk processes such as working at height, electrical work and tunnelling work.

Suspension notices increased by about 44% and improvement notices rose 21% compared to 2013. Over the same period, there was a 14 percent rise in the number of prosecutions to 745.

Mr Tong also called on stakeholders to continue enhancing occupational safety and health standards in the construction industry.

This year marks the 16th anniversary of the Construction Industry Safety Award Scheme, and 187 construction sites, 58 sub-contractors and 116 safety teams have taken part in its site safety competition.

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