Must never overlook site safety

PUBLISHED : Friday, 14 October, 1994, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 14 October, 1994, 12:00am

THE Government intends to build the new airport as quickly as it possibly can. This means that the contractors undertaking construction work will be given a very tight working schedule.

Some work is proceeding without stopping, 24 hours a day.

The Society of Registered Safety Officers is concerned that if we proceed at this hectic pace, we will see an increase in the number of accidents, some fatal, among people working on airport construction sites. If workers are pushing themselves, then they may suffer fatigue and it is at this point, that unforced errors occur.

We do hope that whatever the pace of the construction work, there will be no corner-cutting and no skipping of safety precautions.

On any construction site, it should always be, safety first.

I am sure Hong Kong people would say it was unacceptable, if injuries and fatalities increased.

Lee Hung-Kwong, Vice-President Society of Registered Safety Officer