• The Lighthouse Club Hong Kong Branch Safety Leadership Awards, International Design for Safety Awards and Annual Cocktail Party 24 March, 2017

    4 September 2017

    The evening’s main purpose, as has become the norm, was to present the Golden Helmet Award, Derek Smyth Safety Leadership Awards, International Design for Safety Awards and Life Achievement Award. The purpose of which are to promote, and recognise, excellent health and safety leadership and management.

    The Derek Smyth Safety Leadership and International Design for Safety Awards are both covered elsewhere in this edition of “The Lighthouse”.

    The Golden Helmet has been awarded since the early 1990s by the Lighthouse Club, to an individual who has excelled in promoting safety in its widest sense, within his or her own organization, within the industry and community at large and who has influenced the development and implementation of best safety practices in Hong Kong. This individual has placed safety at the highest level on their agenda and used every opportunity to reduce risks of accidents or incidents to our workforce. In effect saving lives and minimizing injury and family heartache.

    The Lighthouse Club Hong Kong Branch was delighted that this year’s Golden Helmet award winner was Ir Hon Chi Keung, JP, Development Bureau, Works Branch, Permanent Secretary for Development (Works).

    Ir Hon joined the Government as an Assistant Engineer in 1983. He was promoted to Chief Engineer in 1999, to Government Engineer in 2005 and to Principal Government Engineer in 2008. He was Project Manager of Hong Kong Island and Islands Development Office of the Civil Engineering and Development Department from 2008 to 2011. He has been Director of Civil Engineering and Development from January 2011 to April 2015 before his appointment as Permanent Secretary for Development (Works).

    Ir Hon Chi-keung has been appointed Permanent Secretary for Development (Works) since April 2015.

    Ir Hon graduated from the Department of Civil Engineering, University of Hong Kong in 1980. He also obtained a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the University in 1997. He is a fellow of the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers and Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.

    Regrettably, Ir Hon could not attend the party but the presentation was made at his office at a later date. Lifetime Achievement Award

    This award is made to a person who has provided services to construction and other industrial safety in Hong Kong for a long time.

    The first winner of the award was won by Engineer James Blake OBE, JP in 2007.

    This year’s Award goes to Steve Howarth of MTR Corporation.

    Steve has devoted his 24 years in Hong Kong to raising the health and safety standards in our industry and the care of our workers and it was the Club’s pleasure to present him with this well-deserved award.

    Steve first came to Hong Kong in 1993 to work for the CLP on Black Point. This was the time of the new airport and when there were 80 fatalities and 1 in 3 workers would have had a reportable accident in the year.

    He later joined Route 3 Contractors Consortium to build the Tai Lam Tunnel and the Expressways to Yuen Long. This was his 1st introduction to Kam Tin Valley, an area he would see a lot of with West Rail later.

    For the last 20 years he has been leading the safety management of rail projects HK as Chief Safety Manager for KCR and later after the merger in 2007 as Head of Project Safety with MTR. He has had a hand in building 10 new railway lines, with 45 stations, covering an alignment of 108 km. 71km of which were underground.

    Steve has led many new initiatives that have contributed to the step change we have seen in the working conditions and safety standards in our industry, many of which are now the industry norm.

    These include: basic but important standards for welfare, hygiene and health care etc, life insurance cover for workers and supervisors, introducing independent safety audits, heat prevention measures, providing safety and environmental improvement incentive scheme to reward contractors for achieving good safety performance, supervising training.

    He currently looks after the MTR major rail projects in Hong Kong and the property and rail projects in Beijing, Shenzhen, Tianjin, Melbourne and Sydney.

    Steve’s passion for safety and care for workers that drives him on to excellence and continued improvement, earned him the recognition from industry leaders in 2001 when he received the Lighthouse Club Golden Helmet Award.

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