Staff and Contractor Safety Performance
Fatalities on our Construction Sites
We are committed to full transparency in disclosing the details of serious incidents affecting our staff and contractors. We deeply regret the loss of two lives in 2014 involving contractors on our construction sites:
- At the Nam Cheong Station property development site, two workers were found unconscious at the bottom of a manhole, with one suffering from serious injuries and the other certified dead on arrival at hospital. A detailed investigation is ongoing to determine the cause of death and identify lessons from this tragic event.
- At the Shatin to Central Link network expansion project site in Wong Tai Sin, a worker was hit on the chin and neck by the bracing arm of a site investigation rig when it was being dismantled and was certified dead on arrival at hospital after suffering from serious bleeding. An Investigation Panel was convened to identify the causes of the incident and to make recommendations to prevent a recurrence. The recommendations have been fully implemented.
|Staff Safety – Fatality|
|Contractor Safety – Fatality|
Lost Time Injuries for Staff
In 2014, there was significant improvement in the lost time injury frequency rate for staff of our Property Division and Operations Division compared with the previous year on account of improved safety awareness. This measure of staff safety also improved for the corporate support functions, but the Projects Division experienced a slight decline in performance during the year.
Staff Safety – Lost Time Injuries
(per 100,000 man-hour)
|Corporate Support Functions||0.23||0.17|
|Mainland of China and International Business||0.00||0.00|
Reportable Accidents for Contractors
In 2014, the reportable accident frequency rate for contractors working in corporate support functions, the operating railway and network expansion projects improved or remained stable compared with the previous year. There was a decline in performance of this measure of contractor safety performance for property development projects. During the year, nine accidents occurred on our property development sites, of which about one third were attributable to lifting or carrying materials. Consequently, additional training for workers has been arranged to address this issue.
Contractor Safety – Reportable Accidents (per 100,000 man-hour)
|Corporate Support Functions||0.17||0.08|
|Project Construction - Railway Extension Projects||0.56||0.57|
|Property Development and Investment Projects||0.04||0.06|
|China and International Business Division(1)||0.00||0.00|
Due to the small number of contractors hired, the Mainland of China and International Business Division measures contractor safety using reportable accidents starting from 2013.
A new word has entered the dictionary — phubbing, the act of snubbing people by looking at your phone. With the rising popularity of smartphones, phubbers among our staff are becoming increasingly at risk of accidents. To remind colleagues not to use mobile phones while walking at work, the Safety & Quality Department designed giant eye-catching 3D posters that were displayed at MTR Headquarters, Fo Tan Railway House, Kam Tin Building and Light Rail Administration Building during 2014 to alert everyone about the safety risks of phubbing.