CIDB partners MBAM to upskill lifting supervisors to improve safety in construction

Kuala Lumpur, 30 September 2021 – The Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB), is partnering the Master Builders Association Malaysia (MBAM) to implement an upskilling programme for lifting supervisors in Malaysia as part of the industry’s overall efforts to improve safety in construction.

The Lifting Supervisor Training, which is targeted at the staff of construction industry players, is part of CIDB’s development and training to enhance safety practices at construction sites. The initiative looks into a broad range of construction skill and advancement programmes, which is in line with the overall government efforts to enhance the skills of construction supervisors.

A lifting supervisor is part of a lifting team whose role is to coordinate, plan and conduct any lifting work in construction. A lifting team usually comprises a lifting supervisor, a crane operator, a rigger, a signalman and a tagline holder. Each job scope carries a specific role, and there needs to be intensive communication and coordination at an operation site to ensure the highest safety standards during the lifting process.

“Contractors and construction personnel are encouraged to continuously upskill and update their knowledge in construction as the industry has become more advanced with technology and innovation. This programme is in line with CIDB’s Construction Strategic Plan 2021-2025, which details Safety and Professionalism as one of its core pillars in driving the construction industry forward,” said CIDB chief executive, Datuk Ir Ahmad ‘Asri Abdul Hamid.

Around 700 lifting supervisors have been trained since 2019 and companies are encouraged to sign up. Since 2019, CIDB has been subsidising 50 per cent of the training fees for lifting supervisor and about 539 construction supervisors have benefited from training. Additionally, CIDB also subsidising 50 per cent for safety and health officer (SHO) and site safety Supervisor’s trainings. Some 1,836 construction personnel have benefited from this subsidy for all the above-mentioned supervisory courses and training.

CIDB has allocated a sizeable budget close to RM1 million to subsidise safety and health officers, site safety supervisor and the lifting supervisor trainings for next year.

– Construction+ Online

Source: CIDB