As part of its commitment to ensure a safe and healthy work environment, the Lagos State Safety Commission has organised a one day training on construction site safety, health and hygiene for artisans in the construction industry and other workers.
In his opening remarks during the training at Ikeja, the Director-General of the Safety Commission, Mr Lanre Mojola explained that the construction sector is one of the most risk prone and the training is part of the Agency’s three-prong approach of enlightenment, engagement and enforcement.
Represented by the Technical Adviser to the Commission, Mr. Seun Awojobi, Mr. Mojola urged participants in the training who are from reputable construction companies to share the acquired knowledge with their colleagues.
“We don’t want to see artisans die the course of their work, we also have seasoned facilitators, by the end of the programe there will be knowledge transfer in our construction sector and Lagos state will be safer”.
Earlier while welcoming participants,
the the Director, Safety Training Education, Skill and Development, Mrs Esther George explained that the training is part of the Commission’s Zero Accident Campaign which aims to drastically reduce accidents that can result in injury, fatalities, property damage that might lead to lawsuits, reputational damage and compensation
Mrs George explained that through collaboration with stakeholders and continuous sensitization, the Lagos State Government, through the Safety Commission intends to reduce incidence of collapsed building to the barest in the State.
“Presently we are on construction companies, we Heald one last year December 21st and 22nd and with that we had a little bit improvement in construction site”.
“Also we have another with he manufacturing that we be hosting them next month, all this will help us reduce incidence of collapse building in Lagos State”.
On his part, the lead trainer, Mr Hassan B. Hassan commended the Lagos State government for prioritizing training and sensitization over enforcement and urged it to do more to further enlighten the people.
“People need to be orientated because if they are not orientated you can’t expect them to act the way you expect them to at construction sites”.
“We need to orientate people they need to come for trainings, you need to show them that is about their lives, because safety starts with you before any other person”.
“So if you are safe, there is a moral obligation on you part to see that your neighbor is also safe”.
Mr Hassan who called for further collaboration with stakeholders also called for the passage of the Health and Safety Bill at both the national and State level.