As part of MTR’s continuing efforts to promote the highest standards of work site safety, the Corporation recently presented awards to contractors that have achieved outstanding performance in safety management in the new railway projects, namely the West Island Line (WIL), Express Rail Link (XRL), South Island Line (East) [SIL(E)] and the Kwun Tong Line Extension (KTE), while also delivering these projects in a high-quality and environmentally friendly manner during the period between June 2011 to December 2011.
Speaking at the MTR Projects Quality, Safety & Environmental Awards PresentationCeremony, Mr Jay Walder, the Chief Executive Officer of MTR Corporation, praised the project teams, contractors and consultants for their dedication in safety, quality and environmental management. “Safety is, most critically, the highest priority in our projects. This culture of safety has been cultivated by MTR for 30 years and it is important to recognise the contributions made by our colleagues. But this is also a partnership and we rely on our contractors to carry out and promulgate our emphasis on safety. So it is important that we create explicit ways like today’s event to recognise their success in this area,” he said.
Nishimatsu Construction for SIL(E) was named the MTR Grand Safety Awardee for its outstanding safety management system. Gammon Construction Limited won the Gold Safety Awards again for its continuous effort in safety management of the WIL project.
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The Gold awards for XRL, SIL(E) and KTE projects went to Leighton Contractors (Asia) Limited, Nishimatsu Construction Company Limited and Penta-Ocean Construction Company Limited in recognition of their strong commitment to a safe working environment, effective monitoring and reporting system, as well as their efforts in developing a strong safety culture on site.
The MTR Gold Quality Award was won by Dragages – Bouygues Joint Venture for its quality works in project management, reporting and site work on the XRL project.
Penta-Ocean of the XRL received the Gold Environmental Award with innovative environmental management approach. Penta-Ocean has taken a creative approach in the XRL work site in Mai Po to minimize the noise impact to the tranquil suburban area by locating its site offices to form a natural noise barrier with noise absorption material on the external panels of the site office. Penta-Ocean was also praised for its effort in supporting the local recycling industry by utilizing recycled compost material for on-site greening and participating actively in sharing their experience with the community and green groups in a number of organized visits. Also speaking at the Award Presentation Ceremony, Ir WAI Chi-sing, JP, Permanent Secretary for Development (Works), said the ceremony was a unique way of recognizing contractors’ effort. “It is high time that the quality of works, safety and environmental awareness are recognized as a trinity of construction excellence and therefore should be considered, upheld and pursued together.
“I feel both reassured and delighted that the Development Bureau has the MTR Corporation as one of our significant partners in the strive for excellence in the construction industry. Although we face many challenges ahead in terms of our quality, safety and environmental performance, I trust that the Corporation will continue to set example by its encouragement and championship of construction excellence,” he continued.
The MTR Projects Quality, Safety & Environmental Awards aim to recognize and promote continuous improvement and high standards of performance in quality, safety and environmental management among consultants and contractors working on MTR railway projects.