Contractors warned against failing to meet safety standards

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THE development minister yesterday warned contractors against failing to abide by health and safety standards as they will be suspended and even get their certificates of registration revoked for repeat violations.

Yang Berhormat Dato Paduka Hj Bahrin Abdullah said contractors found guilty of misconduct can be suspended up to six months.

The contractor’s certificate of registration could be revoked if the contractor has committed three counts of misconduct, and has been issued with a written warning by the registration committee.

It is compulsory for contractors interested in carrying out construction projects to apply for the certificate of registration with the Ministry of Development.

“Issues relating to public safety and health, projects and negligence on the part of contractor may be brought up by committee members of departments under Ministry of Development, or letters of complaints from the public for discussion in the committee meeting for appropriate action according to existing regulations and guidelines,” YB Dato Hj Bahrin said.

The minister was responding to Legislative Council (LegCo) member YB Hj Jumat Akim’s question on the actions taken on contractors who failed to comply with standards.

YB Dato Bahrin said companies may also be blacklisted from participating in government tenders for a specified period of time, adding that this is under the Ministry of Finance’s State Tender Board jurisdiction.

“The Building Control Order of 2014 provides for builders to comply with existing regulations,” he said.

YB Dato Hj Bahrin said the most significant impact of the Building Control Order 2014 is that it outlines the responsibility of developer, Qualified Person (QP) and builder.

“QPs and builders appointed by the developer will be responsible for ensuring the proposed development will take place according to the prescribed regulations and standards,” he added.

The Brunei Times