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Enhancing Safety Awareness of Lifting Operations

A workshop on safety in lifting operations was organised by CIC

In collective efforts to amplify safety awareness of lifting operations, the Standard and Guide on Lifting Operation was released by the Construction Industry Council (CIC) on 1 January 2024, followed by a two-day practical workshop held from 19 January 2024 at the campus of Hong Kong Institute of Construction (HKIC)—with representatives from the works departments, associations and contractors in attendance.

The publication outlines major hazards of crane lifting operations; responsibilities of key personnel; industry good practices; and the use of innovative technologies, among others, in a pictorial format to facilitate understanding.

The subsequent hands-on training in systematic operating procedure included the following:

  • A talk by Alvin Yu, an Adjunct Lecturer who specialises in housing, transport and built environment from The University of Hong Kong School of Professional and Continuing Education (HKU SPACE);
  • A site visit;
  • Group discussions.

“Stakeholders must work together to properly plan the lifting procedures, enhance fatal zone management, conduct regular inspection on critical parts of the lifting gear and ensure all appointed personnel have completed relevant trainings,” stated Ir. Albert Cheng, Executive Director of CIC during the workshop, whilst calling for the wider adoption of Smart Site Safety System (SSSS); Design for Safety (DfS); Multi-trade Integrated Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing (MiMEP); and construction robots.

Related courses, such as the Certificate for Lifting Safety Supervisors; and Safety Training Course for Construction Workers of Specified Trade, are offered by HKIC. For details, please refer to the HKIC website. —Construction+ Online

Source: Construction Industry Council