REGARD SAFETY AS PROFIT, NOT COST - MASTER BUILDERS ASSOCIATION

12 Jul 2013 11:19

KUALA LUMPUR, July 10 (Bernama) -- The Master Builders Association Malaysia (MBAM) has called on players in the construction industry to abide by and comply with the relevant laws and regulations to save lives, such as the Occupational Safety and Health Act 514 and the Factories and Machineries Act.

Safety at construction sites should be regarded as profit, not cost, said MBAM president Matthew Tee.

He noted that there was a general perception that contractors were paid for production or the end-result, and a common attitude in construction was caused by the belief that safety took too much time, was detrimental to the schedule and cost too much money.

"Construction industry members should consider certification to the MS 1722 and OHSAS 18001 standard which is a mark of good safety practices.

"However, it must be said that the proposed steps will act as standard markers for a journey towards first-class nation where the awareness of safety and health control is paramount to all stakeholders.

"Therefore, authorities, contractors, manufacturers, consultants, suppliers and employers whould work hand-in-hand to educate, practise and increase the safey awareness of everyone," he said in a press statement today.

MBAM strongly feels the government should take the lead in setting aside a budget to implement safety and health in all projects.

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