FACTORIES, OFFICES AND SHOPS ACT - 1970 (ACT 328)

    Section - 57 - Building Operations and Works of Engineering Construction

    (1) Sections 6 to 8, 10 to 12, 19, 20, 25 to 31, 33 to 40, 43 to 54 and 60 to 87 shall apply, so far as applicable, to all building operations and works of engineering construction undertaken by way of trade or business, or for the purpose of any industrial or commercial undertaking, and to any line or siding which is used in connection therewith and for the purposes thereof and is not part of a railway.

    (2) No order made under section 52 shall operate so as to interfere with the design of any works of engineering construction or with the adoption in the execution of those works of any method not inconsistent with the safety of the works or of the persons employed which is prescribed in the specification or in any signed plans issued, or written directions given, by the consulting engineer or the engineer in charge.

    (3) The provisions of this Act in their application to building operations or to works of engineering construction shall have effect as if any place where such operations or works are carried on were a factory and any person undertaking any such operations or works to which this Act applies were the occupier of the factory.

    (4) Sections 6 and 7 shall be deemed to be complied with as respects building operations or works of engineering construction if the register is kept at an office of the person undertaking the operations or works and copies of the abstract and regulations are kept posted up at each office, yard or shop of the person undertaking the operations or works at which persons employed by him on the operations or works attend, and in a position where they can be easily read by those persons.

    (5) Subject to subsection (6), any person undertaking any building operations or works of engineering construction to which this Act applies shall, not later than seven days after the beginning thereof, serve on the Inspector for the district a written notice stating the name and postal address of that person, the place and nature of the operations or works, whether any mechanical power is used and if so its nature, and such other particulars as may be prescribed.

    (6) Subsection (5) shall not apply to any operations or works which the person undertaking them has reasonable grounds to believe will be completed in a period of less than six weeks, except in such cases as the Chief Inspector may direct; and where a person undertakes any building operations or works of engineering construction in a place where such operations or works are in progress, he shall not be required to give a notice under that subsection if such a notice was given in respect of the operations or works in progress.

    (7) The application of this Act to any building operations or works of engineering construction by virtue of this section shall not be excluded by reason of the fact that they are undertaken on premises to which this Act otherwise applies; and nothing in this section shall be taken as prejudicing the application of this Act to those premises apart from this section.

    (8) The Minister may in respect of building operations and works of engineering construction by legislative instrument make regulations-

    (a) adapting or modifying any of the provisions of this Act in their application to building operations and works of engineering construction;

    (b) prescribing standards for scaffolding;

    (c) regulating the control of lifting machinery and tackle, the timbering of excavations, and site supervision;

    (d) making special provision for the health and welfare of workers engaged on construction sites; and

    (e) imposing duties on any person for any of the above purposes.