• Over 400 Attend Annual Contractors Dinner & Safety Awards

    2 January 2018

    The Hong Kong Branch held its 23rd Contractors Dinner and Safety Awards in City Hall on the 29th September 2017 and what a night it was!

    The celebration was attended by 410 guests who were treated to an opening which included a musical screen slide show of the efforts of all nominations, blaring to the vibrant sound of the famous Queen song ‘We are the Champions’.

    The MC for the night, Stephen Pollock, expressed the heartfelt view of the Lighthouse Club, “You are all champions for being here tonight, for making genuine efforts to protect our workforce and for finding the time to enter for awards”.

    The first award to be presented on the night was for the Safe Foreman. Over 300 entries were made for this award and shortlisted down to 10 thanks to the efforts of the judging committees of SROS (Society of Registered Safety Officers), HKOSHA (Hong Kong Occupational Safety and Health Association) and IOSH (Institution of Occupational Safety and Health).

    The nominations, and ultimately the winner, was introduced again to a musical background of the famous Hollies song ‘He ain’t heavy, he’s my brother’ which was felt very much shared the sentiment of care and support of the winner Lau Tin Yan, Sub-Agent, Hip Hing Construction.

    The second award of the night was for Site Safety Practitioner and a healthy number of entries was reduced to five nominations. After much deliberation of the excellent standard, Zachary Kiu, Senior Safety Officer Gammon Construction emerged the winner and was introduced to the sound of Dinah Washington’s ‘What a difference a day makes’ with the key lyric being ‘and the difference is you’.

    The musical theme continued for the remainder of the awards and was well received and captivated the audience’s attention. The Safe Subcontractor Award was won by the relatively new boys to Hong Kong, Lakesmere Hong Kong Ltd, for their excellent efforts in constructing the roof of the HKBCF passenger clearance building. The judges were impressed by the detailed planning and execution of the project as well as the demonstrable efforts to train the workforce.

    The final award of the night, Safe Project Team, attracted a healthy field of entries and first place was picked up by West Kowloon Cultural District Authority and received by Director Jeremy Stowe who made
    the clear point that the award was a result of a “‘team effort of all parties involved in the project to embrace safety”.

    Special thanks must be made to Hilti, the long-time safety partner of the Lighthouse Club for their support of our safety events.

    Thanks also Tina Lai, Leighton Asia, who assisted Stephen as co-MC.

    Finally, grateful thanks to the following sponsors:
    • Chun Wo Development Holdings Ltd
    • Gammon Construction Ltd
    • Hip Hing Construction Co Ltd
    • Leighton Contractors (Asia) Ltd

    Closing remarks were conducted by Lighthouse Club Hong Kong Branch Chairperson, Cordia Yu, who reminded the audience of the aims of the Lighthouse Club, in particular, its charity work. The high fatality rate of 2017 provided a sombre reminder of the compelling need for the charity to sustain its membership and support.

    Lastly the traditional ‘pink helmet’ collection was conducted at the event and raised HK$ 34,290 with all money raised going to the Benevolent fund.

    Winner’s Q&A

    “The Lighthouse” magazine, continuing its Question & Answer series, asked some
    of the winners of the above Awards a series of questions pertaining to their projects,
    nominations and subsequent wins. Here are their insights into what it means to be
    part of this competition… Please click this link for further reading




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