Asked by : Hon Ambrose LAU
Replied by : SEM
On 29 May this year, a serious industrial accident occurred in a construction site for a new bus depot of the Kowloon Motor Bus Company (1933) Limited in Cheung Sha Wan, resulting in one death and nine injuries. It was reported that officers of the Labour Department had visited the site in April but had not found any violations of safety regulations. Regarding industrial safety, will the Government inform this Council:
|a.||At present, there are 140 Occupational Safety Officers in Labour Department (about 50% of the total strength) who are responsible for construction site inspections. In conducting inspections, Labour Department would deploy its manpower as appropriate depending on the potential hazard and safety performance of the construction sites. On average, active construction sites are inspected once every two months. For those construction sites with unsatisfactory safety performance, serious offences committed or accidents occurred, Labour Department will increase the frequency of inspections up to once every two weeks. |
Where there is any offence discovered in an inspection, Occupational Safety Officers will institute prosecutions and depending on the severity of the offences, take the following action -
Details of inspections conducted on construction sites in 2000 are as follows -
|b.||Generally speaking the recurrence of similar accidents may be prevented by improving occupational safety and building safety -|
|c.||In parallel with taking enforcement actions, Labour Department also places great importance to raising the safety awareness among contractors, subcontractors and construction workers through publicity and educational activities. |
On the publicity front, Labour Department, in conjunction with other government departments, the Occupational Safety and Health Council, the Construction Industry Training Authority, and relevant trade associations and unions, organises large-scale publicity campaigns from time to time to raise the safety awareness in the construction industry so as to enable them to build up a safe and healthy working environment through self-regulation. In addition, Labour Department would, in collaboration with relevant trade unions of the industry, hold various promotional activities such as seminars, quizzes, promotional visits, exhibitions and fun fair days, to carry the messages related to occupational safety and health across to construction workers and their families who participated in the activities. Over the past three years, Labour Department has taken part in organizing more than 50 promotional programmes, including the large-scale publicity campaigns listed in Annex I.
To facilitate wider dissemination of messages on occupational safety and health in the industry, Labour Department has produced a series of TV APIs (see Annex II) for broadcasting on television to promote safety and health measures on construction sites.
In future, Labour Department will continue to promote occupational safety and health in the industry through publicity and promotional programmes, including the following activities planned for 2001 -
|Major publicity programmes launched over the past three years to promote occupational safety and health in the construction industry|
|TV APIs for promoting safety and health|
in the construction industry over the past three years