• 2018 Safety & Health Awards Staged in KL

    17 July 2018

    On 25th April 2018 Lighthouse Club KL (LHC KL) and the Master Builders Association Malaysia (MBAM) successfully organized the 7th Safety & Health Awards at the Sunway Resort Hotel & Spa in Subang Jaya. The award ceremony was held in conjunction with MBAM’s Safety & Health Conference.

    The objectives of the Safety & Health Awards are to promote the importance of having good practices in Safety & Health by sharing best practices of the OSH Management System and policies to protect workers from occupational hazards and risks; to reduce both incidents and accidents at work place and to further enhance productivity and efficiency at the workplace as well as to enhance a company’s reputation.  The Safety & Health Awards is a joint initiative between MBAM and the Lighthouse Club Kuala Lumpur, recognizing industry player achievements in safety and health in construction projects.

    At the award ceremony, guest of honour Ir. Haji Omar Bin Mat Piah, Director-General of DOSH, addressed the continuing challenges the Malaysian Construction Industry is facing. The recorded fatality rate per 100,000 workers increased from 6 in 2012 to 12 in 2016. These are very worrying statistics and while improvements in health and safety are made and there are successes in projects, there is in general much more to do in Malaysia on health and safety in construction.

    The Lighthouse Club continues to address the importance of Health and Safety; one proponent is that of Ian Pughsley, committee member in the LHC KL, who was also a speaker at MBAM’s Safety and Health conference.

    This year MBAM Safety & Health Awards recipients were:

    Golden Helmet Award for Leadership in Safety & Health, Dato’ Ir. Paul Ha Tiing Tai

    Dato’ Paul Ha is the Deputy Group Managing Director for Gamuda and Director for MMC-Gamuda KVMRT (T), also known as MGKT.

    MGKT is the Underground Work Package contractor for both MRT Sungai Buloh-Kajang (SBK) and Sungai Buluh-Serdang-Putrajaya (SSP) Line. Through his guidance, MGKT places a high degree of emphasis on all aspects of safety and health associated with the underground works and in particular public safety.

    Under his leadership the Project and objectives are set and aligned to or exceed the UK construction industry incident and frequency rates. On both MRT projects MGKT is performing and delivering in accordance with these rates.

    KPIs have been set for each site to achieve a minimum of 60% with no ‘High Risks’ within the MGKT Monthly safety, health and environmental audit.  Additionally, he ensures that the organization achieves 100% attainment at all levels in the MGKT Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) where this scheme develops construction industry safety and health awareness, even for their sub-contractor’s workforce.

    Throughout his involvement at MGKT he demonstrates and provides great visible commitment and direction and with the support of his senior management drives behaviour change based systems (BBS). A notable achievement is the adoption of the system by the foreign and local workers with measurable safety and health improvements at all sites.

    In 2015 MGKT won the International Safety Awards (with distinction) from the British Safety Council.

    Safety and health statistics on SBK and SSP Underground Package stand testimony to his commitment.

    Dato’ Paul Ha: “As the director responsible for Safety and Health at MGKT, I take my responsibility extremely seriously. The well-being and safety of my workforce is my utmost priority in all aspects of our business. Safety is driven top-down with the Management taking direct Ownership for planning, execution and monitoring.”

    Safety & Health Award for Site Personnel, Mohd Hafizi Rusydin Bin Mohd Rahim

    Hafizi Rusydin is working at Kajima on the AEON Nila Project and is a Certified Safety and Health Officer from NIOSH. Through his efforts and dedication to Health and Safety this project site has been awarded the NCOSH 2018 Safety Award and achieved a 5 Star rating in SHASSIC Assessment from CIDB.

    For improvement of health, Hafizi has enhanced the already high safety standards within Kajima. Some examples are that he established a Mosquito & Larvae Task Force to eliminate any potential mosquito breeding grounds to combat dengue fever at the workplace.

    Furthermore, in recognizing outstanding commitment and contribution of staff and workers to Health and Safety at the project site, he has initiated and developed a ‘Monthly Safety Ambassador’ program to reward deserving personnel.

    For compliance with Legal and Other Requirements, he has established an internal worker’s screening program at the workplace to ensure that all workers comply with the statutory requirements of government agencies like CIDB, DOSH, IMM etc. He also participates and works closely with the authorities and government agencies to ensure that his project site is a safe and healthy workplace.

    The Safety and Health awards would not be possible if not for the following sponsors, which the Lighthouse Club of Kuala Lumpur wishes to extend its heartiest appreciation for their support:

    Gold Sponsors;

    1. Freyssinet PSC
    2. Bachy Soletanche

    Silver Sponsors;

    1. HSL Construction
    2. Infra Segi

    Bronze Sponsors;

    1. Al-Ambia
    2. SJEE Engineering

    The Lighthouse Club Kuala Lumpur and MBAM will continue to promote Safety and Health by acknowledging good practices and achievements. While the award winners become Health and Safety ambassadors for the Construction Industry, LHC KL and MBAM are committed to continue with the selection and presentation of these awards in the future.


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