Injuries in the first half of 2019 went down by 42% HONG KONG, CHINA – Media OutReach – 11 October 2019 – Hongkong International...

Injuries in the first half of 2019 went down by 42%


– 11 October 2019 – Hongkong International
Terminals (HIT), COSCO-HIT Terminals (COSCO-HIT) and Asia Container
Terminals (ACT) joined hands today to promote driving safety within the terminals at
the “Kick-off Ceremony of Terminal Driving Safety Week cum
Launching Ceremony of Safety Booklet”. To raise the safety
awareness of frontline workers and truck drivers, the terminal operators have published a booklet about driving safely in the container yard. HIT, COSCO-HIT and ACT have always put occupational safety and health of frontline workers a top priority, hosting regular activities to promote occupational
safety and health. The total number of injuries in the first half of 2019
went down by 42% compared to
last year.

At the ceremony, Mr. Jeff Leung Wing-yan, the
Deputy Commissioner for Labour (Occupational Safety and Health) emphasised the importance of occupational safety and health at the
container terminals, “To maintain the high efficiency of container handling
operation, the occupational safety and health (OSH) of workers at container
yards is of utmost importance. Heavy lifting machinery
is widely used at container yards. Proprietors or employers have to appoint a
competent person to conduct task-specific risk assessments to identify all
potential hazards in order to devise a safe system of work. Workers including operators
of such machinery and truck drivers, on the other hand, must take care of their
own OSH and that of other workers by complying with the safety rules in
container terminal.”

Mr. Leonard Fung, Managing Director of HIT said, “We strive to promote occupational safety and health through regular activities. Our
Anti-truck Lifting Safety Week achieved remarkable results in terms of promoting safe
driving and operations to truck drivers. The total number of injuries involving
truck-lifting was nearly halved
in 2018 as compared to that in 2017, and there has been no
similar accident this year.”

Mr. Lawrence Shum, Managing Director of
COSCO-HIT said, “Occupational safety and health is very important to terminal
operations. We prioritise
above all else the safety of our staff and external contractor
workers during the day-to-day
operations. COSCO-HIT and ACT recorded zero injury for 140 consecutive days between February and July this
year. “

HIT, COSCO-HIT and ACT received the certification of ISO 45001, the
world’s first international standard for Occupational Health and Safety
Management System this year for the sound implementation of internal safety management systems and relevant strategies.

With rich images and simple text, the latest safety booklet reminds
workers of the rules related to safe driving in the terminals. The booklet also includes
content about common causes
of accidents, ways to reduce accidents and road safety
guidelines. HIT published two similar safety booklets in 2017, “Working On Board
and on Ground” and “Working as Operators”, to remind workers about important safety rules when working on vessels
and at container yards.

The Terminal Driving Safety
Week will be held from 11-18 October at HIT, COSCO-HIT and ACT, with the
purpose of enhancing the safety awareness of truck drivers in
handling containers within the terminals. Throughout the week, there will be
game booths, container chassis inspection, safety information
sharing and signing of safety charter.

Hongkong International Terminals

Hongkong International Terminals is the one of the leading
container terminals in Hong Kong. With a strong emphasis on productivity and
efficiency, Hongkong International Terminals is committed to the development
and implementation of forward-looking, service-enhancing

International Terminals is a member of HPH Trust, the world’s first container
port business trust listed in Singapore. Hongkong International Terminals is
also a part of Hutchison Ports’ global network of port and logistics operations, and continues to have access to services and
resources enjoyed by companies within the Hutchison Ports Group.

Ports is the port and related services division of CK Hutchison Holdings
Limited. Hutchison Ports is the world’s leading port investor,
developer and operator.

Source:: Media Outreach