27 January 2003
One hundred million man-hours of remarkable safety performance for the West Rail project
 
The West Rail project recently achieved one hundred million man-hours of remarkable safety performance. The latest cumulative incidence rate was 31.16 which means the incident rate per 1,000 workers was 31.16. It is one of the lowest incidence rates for major projects in Hong Kong and stands out from the Hong Kong construction industry average of 114.
"We are truly proud of the figure which is not at all fortuitous. It is not a matter of one month or one year. It is about one hundred million man-hours of work over a period of more than four years. The figure is a testimony to the great importance we have always attached to safety of work sites and the efforts we have made. Having said that, there is no room for complacency. In the run up to the project completion date, we and our contractors will spare no efforts to keep stay alert to prevent accidents," said Mr Ian Thoms, Director of West Rail.
At the recent West Rail Contractors' Safety Award Ceremony, held for the seventh time, a light globe was raised to celebrate the one hundred million man-hours of remarkable safety performance. Officiating guests include Mr Ian Thoms, Director of West Rail (second right); Mr Tang Wah Shing, Executive Director of the Occupational Safety & Health Council (third right); and Mr Chow Tung Shan, Assistant Commissioner for Labour (third left).