Red cards may stop deadly rush of builders

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - COMMENT - THE HOUS­ING

and con­struc­tion bureau in Shen­zhen in South China’s Guang­dong prov­ince an­nounced seven new reg­u­la­tions that pe­nal­ize il­le­gal acts on con­struc­tion sites. Among them is a stip­u­la­tion that the con­struc­tion com­pany will re­ceive a red card if there is a death on­site. com­mented on Tues­day:

The re­sult of be­ing given a red card is se­ri­ous, as for the pe­riod of the warn­ing, the con­struc­tion en­ter­prises and those su­per­vis­ing the con­struc­tion work will be forced to stop work­ing on the project and they will not be per­mit­ted to par­tic­i­pate in the bid­ding for other projects.

Safety is the most im­por­tant thing on any con­struc­tion site. Yet ac­cord­ing to re­ports, from Jan­uary to Novem­ber this year, 25 peo­ple have been killed in Shen­zhen hous­ing con­struc­tion and rail trans­porta­tion in­fra­struc­ture projects. That is a de­plorable sit­u­a­tion.

It is worth men­tion­ing that in­ves­ti­ga­tions into the ac­ci­dents that have re­sulted in th­ese deaths have iden­ti­fied a com­mon cul­prit, that is, rush­ing to com­plete the projects ei­ther on sched­ule or ahead of time.

But tight com­ple­tion dead­lines and ris­ing costs are no ex­cuse for ne­glect of on­site safety. De­vel­op­ment must not be at the ex­pense of hu­man life, this is com­mon sense and should be the bot­tom line.

But many times, it be­comes a mere for­mal­ity or gets just lip ser­vice while progress takes pri­or­ity. With such a mind­set, se­cu­rity in­ci­dents will in­evitably oc­cur time and time again.

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