The result of the first "Hong Kong Occupational Safety and Health Award", organized by the Occupational Safety and Health Council and the Labour Department together with 10 institutions, was announced on 10 June this year. There were totally 124 entries. Hip Hing Construction Co., Ltd. gained the Safety Performance Award (Enterprise Section) for its remarkable performance in safety management. Also, the Company obtained the Safety Enhancement Programme Bronze Award and the Best Presentation Certificate of Merit.
For the Safety Performance Award, the judging criteria referred to OSH records such as accident rates, occupational diseases, safety audit scores and safety awards, etc. In recent years, Hip Hing implemented the BS 8800 system and the Safe Working Cycle. In the beginning of this year, it further executed the OHSAS 18001 management system. The Company was one of the few construction contractors in Hong Kong possessing this certification. The effectiveness of its safety management system was reflected by the satisfactory external safety audit scores. The Company obtained over 80% on average in last three years. It has set the target of this year at 85%.
A stringent safety management fosters a good safety performance. Mr. Allan Chan, Executive Director of Hip Hing, said, "Our accident rate has been lower than the industry average over a prolonged period of time. For the year 2001, we recorded an injury rate of 38 per 1,000 workers. And from January to April this year, the rate was 23 per 1,000 workers. We are determined to keep it at a lower level."
Lifting process is one of the high-risk activities. In this regard, Hip Hing established a lifting safety enhancement measures. This movement gained the appreciation of the judging panel. Its measures included improving the control of slinging method, strengthening the supervision of slinging procedure, enhancing the monitoring equipment of tower crane, and providing the lifting safety training. Furthermore, there was a creative inspiration of the Company. It integrated the daily CCTV system and photograph focusing technology into tower crane monitoring equipment in order to further enhance the whole monitoring system.
Hip Hing Construction Co., Ltd. is one of the major main-contractors in Hong Kong undertaking building construction and civil engineering project. The company commits itself to the principle of quality, safety, environmental friendliness and innovation. Hip Hing is a member of New World Services Limited ("NWS"). Being a subsidiary of New World Development Company Limited, NWS embraces a diversified range of services and its businesses broadly grouped under five main divisions: Facilities (Urban Property Management, General Security and the management of the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre), Contracting (Hip Hing Construction and NWS Engineering), Transport (First Bus and First Ferry), Financial and Environmental. NWS builds on the collective strength of its companies to enhance quality of life and create a better environment for Hong Kong and Greater China.