MMC Gamuda takes ‘best of the best’ award by British Safety Council

MMC Gamuda director Paul Ha receives the Sword of Honour trophy from the British Safety Council’s chief executive Mike Robinson.

PETALING JAYA: MMC Gamuda KVMRT (Tunnel) Sdn Bhd has won international acclaim again by receiving the top award by the British Safety Council (BSC).

The company, main contractor of the Klang Valley MRT Sungai Buloh-Putrajaya Line, received the BSC’s Sword of Honour for the first time this year after earning a five-star score in its Five Star Occupational Health & Safety Audit last year.

Only organisations with a five-star rating – having earned a score of 92% or more – stand the chance of winning the “best of the best” Sword of Honour award.

MMC Gamuda was among 84 organisations worldwide who competed for the award.

In a statement, the company said it has won another five-star grading in this year’s audit, making it eligible again for next year’s Sword of Honour award.

The BSC Five Star Occupational Health & Safety Audit is an international audit which MMC Gamuda has voluntarily taken part in during the past several years as part of its commitment to continued improvement in safety and construction excellence.

An aerial view of Conlay MRT station, one of the 17 construction sites managed by MMC Gamuda.

“Spanning over a year, the audit requires the organisation to undergo a comprehensive, quantified and robust evaluation of its occupational health and safety policies, processes and practices.

“Its processes included documentation review, interviews with senior management, employees and other key stakeholders, and sampling of on-site operational activities over a two-week period.

“It also measured the organisation’s performance against key health and safety management best practice indicators with a detailed review of over 60 component elements,” the statement said.

It said mental health and building information management (BIM) were included in the scope of the audit this year.

MMC Gamuda first earned a four-star grading in the audit in 2017 and followed it up with five-star ratings in 2018 and 2019.

MMC Gamuda swept several awards at the BSC event last year, winning the International Safety Award (with Distinction), Best in Country Award, and Sector Award under the Construction and Property Activities Category.

Present to receive the Sword of Honour trophy at Merchant Taylors’ Hall in London on Nov 22 was MMC Gamuda director Paul Ha Tiing Tai.

Ha said the award affirmed the company’s proactive stance towards continued improvement in managing risks and striving for safety and health best practices.

“More than just delivering projects, we want to carve out a national legacy that would boost the construction industry,” he said.

BSC chairman Lawrence Waterman congratulated MMC Gamuda on achieving “the very highest standards” of health, safety and environmental management. “Excellence at this level is hard won after all,” he said.