Associate Professor Chui Yoon Ping, SIM University's (UniSIM) Head of the Human Factors in Safety programme in the School of Science and Technology (SST), had yet another opportunity to share her knowledge in human factors when she was invited to speak at the Keppel Land Annual Consultants and Contractors Health and Safety Meeting held on 2 September 2015 at Marina Bay Sands. The annual event was organised by Keppel Land International Ltd to reinforce the importance of safety training and practices amongst projects teams, contractors and workers, and to recognise and reward teams with excellent safety performance. The event also presented Keppel Land the opportunity to exchange best practices in safety with their partners.
Mr Loh Chin Hua, Chief Executive Officer of Keppel Corporation, gave the opening address, thanking the various organisations and partners for their admirable safety performance. Mr Peter Jones, General Manager of Workplace Safety and Health (WSH) at Keppel Land, talked about near misses and how if ignored, they could lead to disastrous consequences. A staff from the WSH Council also updated the audience on the new Design for Safety Regulations that was introduced recently.
During her talk, Associate Professor Chui shared how cognitive shortcomings such as misperception and inattention can contribute to accidents in the construction site. Pointing out that badly designed equipment and machineries set operators up to err at times, she presented cases of construction accidents and suggested how these could have been avoided. Associate Professor Chui advocated that organisations should have safety as its core value even as they strive for productivity and yield. She praised Keppel Land for being a safety conscious organisation, which has had its bizSAFE Mentor Certification renewed by the WSH Council, and has received many safety accolades over the years.
Associate Professor Chui was glad to have been presented with such occasions to share human factors lessons and information, and also about her UniSIM programme. She looks forward to continue spreading word and sowing the seeds of human factors knowledge in the construction industry, so as to help build a safer place to work for all.
Associate Professor Chui presenting her talk to members of the construction industry.
Associate Professor Chui receiving a token of appreciation from Mr Ang Wee Gee, Chief Executive Officer of Keppel Land.