Exemplary safety recognised on Setia City Mall construction site

10/08/2011

Setia City Mall, currently under construction and planned to open in mid 2012, has been honoured with a Gold Award by the Malaysian Society for Occupational Health and Safety. The MSOHS Awards, celebrating its 40th year, recognised the project for demonstrating outstanding implementation of health and safety systems, exemplary consideration for the safety of the surrounding public and for exceeding both local practice and industry requirements. 

Setia City Mall is the third WTW Bovis construction management project in Malaysia to win the award. They also won for Menara Perak in 2007 and the Australian High Commission in 2008. 

Commenting on the win at the annual awards ceremony, held on 22 July, Dinesh Nambiar, Managing Director, WTW Bovis, said: 'Our commitment to safety is unrelenting; it drives our vision to operate incident and injury free wherever we have a presence. This award reflects the hard work and dedication of our team, our contractors and our supply chain. We are extremely proud that our efforts have been recognised.' 

Some exemplary safety initiatives include:- 

Introduction of perimeter safety screens 

Falling from height is a common safety concern in the construction industry. For high rise buildings, workers are constantly exposed to working at height throughout the construction period. In order to mitigate such risks, perimeter safety screens are installed to safeguard the workers. This ground breaking initiative was first introduced in Malaysia by WTW Bovis in 2006, during the construction of the 26 storey Menara Perak, a Grade A office building in Kuala Lumpur. The screen operates by moving upwards in tandem with the progress of the structure. Since then, perimeter safety screens have been adopted by major contractors in Malaysia. 

Re-designed installation methods for facade panels at height 

Facade panels are re-installed from within the building to avoid exposing workers to unnecessary risk during installation.      

Personal Protective Equipment goes beyond industry standards 

Industry norm requires workers to only don boots, helmets and vests on site. However, WTW Bovis have instilled stricter in-house regulations to include eye protection and gloves as well. This further enhances the safety of people at site and is the norm on all Lend Lease managed projects.  

At Lend Lease, safety is non-negotiable and this is reflected through the outstanding safety practice of all Lend Lease projects around the world. In Malaysia, we are recognised as a leader in safety within the building industry and continue to set new industry standards and benchmarks, which has led to invitations by the local safety authorities, as well as key industry players, to share our best practices with them at industry events and conferences. 

Setia City Mall is being developed by a joint venture between S P Setia and the Asian Retail Investment Fund, a fund managed by international property company Lend Lease. Construction management on the project is by WTW Bovis, Lend Lease’s business in Malaysia.