Recent Awards Prove Safety Record in Singapore

DPR Construction’s Asia Pacific operations received a Workplace Safety and Health (WSH) Silver Performance award, its latest such recognition as the firm aims to be one of the best contractors in the near future. This is the second workplace safety award the DPR team in Asia Pacific has won this year alone, receiving a prestigious Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) award in the Spring, showing the team’s commitment in providing a safe place for employees to work, both in the office and the field.

“This achievement showcases that team members have transcended the conventional norms and gone above and beyond to embed safety into every facet of their work,” said Rizal Sawari, DPR’s Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) lead in Singapore. “This accomplishment speaks volumes about the team's commitment to ensuring that every member of the organization, including contractors on jobsites, can return home safe and sound every day.”

Nine members of DPR's team post in front of a WSH Awards 2023 sign with a Silver Performance trophy.
Members of DPR's team in Singapore accept a Silver Performance award at the Workplace Safety and Health (WSH) Awards, held on Aug. 11, 2023. Photo: WSH Council Singapore
Influential Awards in Singapore

The awards are presented by the WSH Council and supported by the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) of Singapore. There were more than 50 Silver Performance award recipients across industries, and this is the first time DPR has received this award.

The WSH Awards honors organizations who actively strive to create safer and healthier workplaces to protect employees. These organizations include those with an impeccable safety and health record or innovative safety and health solutions, as well as have procedures and processes in place that are considered the best in the industry. The awards also recognize safety professionals and supervisors who have gone beyond the call of duty to cultivate safe and healthy workplaces.

The WSH Council promotes the mindset of Vision Zero, where every accident is preventable, and focuses on finding solutions to workplace injury and illness before they occur.

“Winning this award elevates the team's reputation not only within Singapore but also on the international stage,” added Rizal. “It garners respect and recognition from industry peers, stakeholders and regulatory authorities. This accolade serves as a testament to the team's professional integrity and serves to enhance our credibility in a global marketplace.”

Proven Commitment to Safety

Singapore's societal values, which include care for its people, innovation, and excellence, align seamlessly with a robust safety culture. Prioritizing safety upholds these values and contributes to the nation's overall progress. A safe and healthy workforce fosters innovation and creativity, driving Singapore's continued growth as a global hub for business and technology.

“By embracing safety as a core value, Singaporean teams ensure that the nation's journey towards excellence is marked by resilience, integrity, and the well-being of its people. In a nation that aspires to be a world leader in various domains, safety commitment is not an option—it's an intrinsic responsibility that aligns with Singapore's vision of progress with compassion,” said Rizal. “Importantly, we are able to build trust with our client’s that we do have a great safety management system and we continue to provide an Injury free environment for employees.”

DPR’s team in Singapore has made a serious commitment to safety and wellbeing. Initially, it’s plan was to submit DPR for project safety awards, but upon applying, realized the company was implementing safety best practices across projects that qualified it for company-wide recognition. For the WSH awards, recipients must have had at least 50% less injury rates than the 2022 industry standard; for construction, that meant qualifying companies had to have no more than 246 reported injuries reported per 100,000 workers.

Three members of the Asia Pacific team pose outside of the Singapore Sustainability Academy attending the UN Global Compact training in Singapore.
DPR Singapore joined the UN Global Compact in 2023, a voluntary leadership platform for the development, implementation and disclosure of responsible business practice in areas of human rights, labor, environment and anti-corruption. Photo: Asanul Farhan Sani

Additionally, DPR Singapore joined the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) initiative—a voluntary leadership platform for the development, implementation and disclosure of responsible business practice in areas of human rights, labor, environment and anti-corruption. Participation in the UNGC is open to any company that is serious about its commitment to work towards implementation of the UNGC’s principles throughout its operations and sphere of influence, and to communicate on its progress. The transparency and reporting required by these awards and initiatives sets the Singapore team up for further success in Asia Pacific.

“This is a win for the whole DPR Team and made possible by everyone in our organization from the various departments who have contributed with an Ever Forward mentality,” said Kmiel Kannan, DPR Singapore’s EHS manager. “Everyone should start each day with a safe mind set, which our team members embrace, including our trade contractors who have contributed by integrating with DPR to achieve this goal.”

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