Engaging our working partners, in particular the consultants and contractors, is an important part of our work to enable smooth and successful project delivery. In addition to sophisticated management system and guidelines in managing the consultants and contractors, we have arranged regular workshops and leisure activities to nurture a collaborative and partnering working atmosphere.
Promotion of Occupational Health and Safety
The Steering Group on Safety was formed in 2012 to oversee and improve the safety performance of our construction sites, to provide advice on site safety enhancement guidance and measures, and to monitor the progress and effectiveness of the implementation process.
A number of safety initiatives have been progressively implemented. One of them was to arrange quarterly site visits for DSD staff, resident site staff and contractors’ representatives to DSD’s construction sites having good safety practices. Such visits have served as an effective platform for our working partners to share good practices in workers’ welfare and exchange experience in safe and environmental friendly construction methods.
Two site visits, joined by 63 participants, were conducted in early 2014 to Happy Valley Underground Stormwater Storage Scheme (HVUSSS). The project has performed outstandingly in site safety and environmental management, and our project team have maintained close liaison with the relevant stakeholders. During the course of construction, we have been able to maintain the normal operation of the sports pitches, jogging trail and horse races thereat.
In addition to site visits, we also held experience sharing sessions on various construction safety related topics. Speakers from Labour Department, external safety consultant and contractors’ representatives were also invited to share their valuable working experience and tips. These sessions aimed at preventing recurrence of similar incident/accident through reviewing the common safety deficiencies identified on site, highlighting the necessary safety precautionary measures and refreshing the attendees with the prevailing legislative and contractual requirements. Topics discussed included but limited to manentry confined space operations, separation between pedestrian and vehicle in tunneling works, lifting operation, working near machinery, etc.
Construction Sites Housekeeping Award Scheme 2013
DSD have been organising the Construction Sites Housekeeping Award Scheme (CSHAS) since 2004 to promote team spirit with the contractors and consultants, to improve site cleanliness and tidiness and to enhance our public image. This year, 51 participating teams were rated “Good” for their overall average score. The good result hinged on the concerted efforts of all working partners. The following two winning teams were bestowed the Grand Award:
- Project: Happy Valley Underground Stormwater Storage Scheme
Site Supervisory Team: Drainage Projects Division of DSD
Contractor: Chun Wo Construction and Engineering Co., Ltd
- Project: North District and Tolo Harbour Regional Sewerage - Upgrading of sewage pumping stations and trunk sewers
Site Supervisory Team: AECOM Asia Company Limited
Contractor: Sang Hing Civil Contractors Co., Ltd
Each winning team received a Chinese calligraphy written by our former Deputy Director of Drainage Services, Mr. H. S. TSE bearing the meaning of “Collaboration for Site Improvement”.