The Development Bureau and the Construction Industry Council will jointly host the eighth Construction Safety Week this month to raise the safety awareness in the construction industry and assemble practitioners to work together in achieving the goal of “zero accidents” on construction sites.
This year’s Construction Safety Week will be held from 20 to 27 May, under the theme ‘Innovation in Safety’, focusing on safety when working at height and encouraging the industry to adopt innovative technologies for creating a working environment with ‘zero accidents’. A variety of activities will be held during the week, including Kick-off Ceremony cum Conference, site visits, Award Presentation Ceremony for ‘Considerate Contractors Site Award Scheme’, and the first ever event ‘BIM Talks x Safety’ in Construction Safety Week.
To continue promoting site safety in a more effective manner, the organizers will launch the first ever Site Safety Gathering’ campaign to sustain the momentum of Construction Safety Week as well as putting safety into practice in various construction sites. The organizers will provide a “Safety Information Pack” which includes a VR experience set, so that industry practitioners can formulate their own safety promotion plans that are suitable for their sites. The campaign will be open for construction sites’ enrolment starting from 20 May.
Construction Safety Week 2019 commences on 20 May with the Kick-off Ceremony cum Conference. Industry experts and leaders will be invited to share their views on enhancing construction safety through innovation & technology. Other activities include visits to construction sites demonstrating good performance on 24 May, as well as the award presentation ceremony for the 25th Considerate Contractors Site Awards on 27 May to recognise contractors and workers who achieved outstanding safety and environment performance, as well as demonstrated considerate attitude at work over the past year.
The Government has been working to adopt Building Information Modelling (BIM) technology to various Capital Work Projects over the past few years, which leverage on a virtual environment to execute design and construction work and subsequently reduce safety hazards. The organizers will hold the ‘BIM Talks x Safety’ on 22 May, inviting numbers of industry experts to share their experience on making use of BIM to enhance the industry safety standard with fellow practitioners.
“It is the 8th year that the Development Bureau and the Construction Industry Council has co-organize the Construction Safety Week. Every year we strive to introduce innovative ideas to promote construction site safety. In view of the global trend to adopt BIM technology in construction projects, we are introducing ‘BIM Talks x Safety’ to the Construction Safety Week for the first time. We hope to provide a platform for industry practitioners to exchange views on this topic, and at the same time echo with this year’s theme of ‘Innovation in Safety’. We will continue focusing on improving safety on working at height, as well as encouraging industry stakeholders and workers to work together in achieving the goal of ‘zero accidents’,” a spokesperson for the Development Bureau stated.
“Over the past seven years, the Construction Safety Week has greatly enhanced the awareness on construction safety from the industry to mass public. Nevertheless, we understand that promoting construction safety should not be limited to an annual event. Hence, we are organizing the “Site Safety Gathering” campaign right after the Construction Safety Week, for allowing us to continue collaborating with various construction sites and promote the best work practices. We will adopt some of the latest technologies, including the VR experience set, to provide trainings for the workers, hoping to sustain the theme of “Innovation Safety” and work together to achieve site safety,” A spokesperson of Construction Industry Council stated.
First launched in 2012, this year’s Construction Safety Week aims to promote the mission of “zero accidents”, as well as “building the future with innovation” The campaign has received tremendous support from the industry, including numerous employers, professional institutions, trade associations, and labour unions.
For details, please visit the Construction Safety Week website at www.safetyweek.hk or download the Construction Safety App:
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