Health, Safety, Security and Environment in Construction Conference

Brunei Darussalam recorded the highest number of accidents from the construction industry. Statistics recorded 68 accident cases last year with the two highest types of accidents resulting from 'fall from height' and 'struck by falling object'. Dato Seri Paduka Awang Haji Suhaimi bin Haji Gafar, the Deputy Minister of Development shared the matter at the opening of the Health, Safety, Security and Environment, HSSE in construction Conference 2017, this morning.

Dato Seri Paduka said according to the Construction Industry average, the country recorded work related fatalities of 4.5 for 100 thousand workers in 2015, which decreased to 2.0 in 2016. If compared to statistics in the United Kingdom which is 0.4-8 for 100 thousand workers in 2015, Brunei Darussalam needs to work harder to improve the problem. Therefore, it is vital to make a culture of occupational healthy and safety in order to reduce accident and fatality cases to achieve the Ministry's target of zero fatality.

The function ran concurrently with the launch of the Occupational Health and Safety Management System (OHSMS) Manual, published by the Public Works Department. The conference's theme, which is 'Towards Achieving a Sustainable Future', is in line with Wawasan Brunei 2035 to make Brunei Darussalam a country with highly educated and skilled citizens, high standard of living as well as a dynamic and sustainable economy.

More than 150 people are attending the two-day conference organised by the Public Works Department, Authority of Building and Construction Industry, ABCI; and CONFEX Sendirian Berhad. The conference aims to promote and make a culture of occupational health and safety that should be given serious attention by the society at all levels from the government or the private sector. Also present were Awang Haji Muhammad Lutfi bin Abdullah, the Permanent Secretary for Administration and Finance, Awang Haji Marzuke bin Haji Mohsin, the Permanent Secretary for Technical and Professional, and Doctor Dayang Nor Imtihan binti Haji Abdul Razak, the Deputy Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Development.

Source: Radio Television Brunei

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