Safety Engineering

Always on the lookout

Safety officers have to make sure the workplace is secure and workers are alert

Thursday, 15 January, 2009, 12:00am

In Brief

Staffing crisis in tourism sector unlikely to abate

23 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

What's On

February 20

16 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Bosses and workers to be warned of perils of night work

The government will issue guidelines to employers and staff concerning night shift work, which a World Health Organisation study has said probably has a carcinogenic affect.

The guidelines, due to be issued by the Labour Department, will discuss health and social problems arising from shift work and propose measures to minimise the health effects of night work.

10 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

All In A Day's Work: Safeguarding lives

As health and safety manager at Gammon Construction, Jesse Hau is responsible for spotting unsafe conditions or unsafe actions on a construction site I have been with Gammon Construction for about 14 years. I started as an assistant safety officer and then my old boss asked me to attend a one-year safety training course run by the Labour Department.

21 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

Conflicting policies work against building safety

At a time when there are almost daily reports of tragic accidents causing death and injury from masonry falling from some of Hong Kong's older buildings, it must come as a surprise to many that one government department is going to great lengths to prevent the inspections of those same buildings.

6 Sep 1999 - 12:00am

Workers asked to put the boot into construction injuries

Construction workers will receive $100 each if they buy safety boots with steel caps, soles and ankle protection, in a bid to cut the number of injuries on construction sites.

Last year, half the 18,000 site accidents were to feet.

25 Aug 1998 - 12:00am

Improving safety in workplace

I refer to the editorial headlined 'Safety on the site' (South China Morning Post, February 23). I wish to clarify some points and set the record straight.

The Government is strongly committed to improving occupational safety and health at work. Safety in the workplace, including construction sites, has always been the Government's policy and the Labour Department's priority.

3 Mar 1998 - 12:00am

Safety first

The exact cause of the tragic platform collapse which killed six workers on the Rambler Channel Bridge on Thursday may not be known immediately. Nor is it yet certain that lax safety procedures were a cause of the deaths.

8 Jun 1996 - 12:00am

Expats needed

I REFER to the letter from Lee Hung-kwong, the Vice President of the Society of Registered Safety Officers (SRSO) headlined, 'Simply unworkable' (Sunday Morning Post, January 21).

28 Jan 1996 - 12:00am

Simply not workable

THE Society of Registered Safety Officers notes the influx of overseas safety officers registered under the Factories and Industrial Undertakings (Safety Officers & Safety Supervisors) Regulations. This is a source of concern to our members. We would question whether or not they can be effective in accident prevention.

21 Jan 1996 - 12:00am

Call to widen scope of site safety rules

THE appalling accident record in the construction industry will improve only if safety regulations are widened to be imposed on developers and architects, a seminar heard yesterday.

The proposal, based on European-style regulations, was outlined yesterday at a construction safety seminar organised by the Hong Kong Construction Association.

22 Dec 1994 - 12:00am

Safety officers face thorough screening

BUILDING experts seeking jobs as safety officers face a thorough investigation to ensure they are properly qualified, a top safety specialist said.

Labour Department chief factory inspector, Chan Tat-king, said all prospective safety officers must have been on recognised training courses and had at least two years' construction safety experience.

14 Nov 1994 - 12:00am

The real safety catch

WORKER safety on construction sites has been getting a lot of attention from the Administration this past year, as it should. The Governor, in response to last year's horrific lift accident in which 13 construction workers plunged to their deaths in North Point, made reducing accidents on construction sites one of his policy aims last October.

22 Sep 1994 - 12:00am

Only when it hurts

HONG KONG'S industrial accident record is not one to boast about. Last year 80 workers were killed on construction sites and 17,000 injured. Lax safety standards, negligence and carelessness all contributed to the worryingly high number of fatalities.

24 Jul 1994 - 12:00am