HKCA to hire expert for safety study

HKCA to hire expert for safety study

New measures to be drafted to cut working at height accidents

The Hong Kong Construction Association will commission an expert to study ways of improving safety measures in order to further reduce accidents arising from working at height.

In a press release last Friday, the trade association said the expert would study and make recommendations for various situations that involve working at height.

The 11 situations include those such as formwork, steel reinforcement, bamboo scaffolding, transport of equipment and materials and bored piling.

The research will be carried out at three sites: a piling foundation site, a building construction site and a renovation site.

Observations will be made and views would be collected from workers and representatives of subcontractors and main contractors.

“Through this research, the HKCA hopes to formulate good practice, standards and innovative methods to meet statutory requirements and reduce accidents from falls from height,” the association said.

According to latest statistics in a paper submitted by the Labour and Welfare Bureau and Labour Department to the Legislative Council Panel on Manpower in April this year, there were 2,354 industrial accidents in the construction industry during the first three quarters of 2012, up 53 cases compared with the same period for 2011.

Out of the 2,354 cases, there were 304 cases of persons falling from height and 44 cases of injuries from being struck by falling object.

In fact out of the 13 deaths recorded during the reporting period, six of them were from falling from height while five deaths resulted from contact with electricity or electric discharge.

First and third from left: Hsin Chong Construction Group managing director Joseph Choi Kin-hung and HKCA president Thomas Ho On-sing (Hong Kong Construction Association)

First and third from left: Hsin Chong Construction Group managing director Joseph Choi Kin-hung and HKCA president Thomas Ho On-sing (Hong Kong Construction Association)

In a bid to demonstrate good practice, the HKCA has arranged for an exhibition of the latest safety measures for working at height at a construction site of private developer Chinachem Group and its main contractor Hsin Chong Construction Company.

The residential development site is located at 3-5 Ede Road in Kowloon Tong and on display are items such as safety working platforms and metal scaffolding.

In 2011, there were a total 3,112 industrial accidents on construction sites of which there were 29 fatalities.

According to the roadmap Construction Industry Vision 2020 issued last year, the industry hopes to cut the number of deaths by half by 2015 and by another 25 percent by 2017 with the target of zero deaths by 2020.

Danny Chung

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