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DUBAI CONSTRUCTION DEATHS FALL

Conference reports improved safety on Dubai construction projects

Deaths on Dubai construction projects have fallen following implementation of new safety code. Fatalities fell from 50 to 46 whilst serious injuries also declined. In 2007 there were 8,000 construction sites in the emirate. 

Engineer Hussain Nasser Lootah, Director-General of the Municipality said the municipality was very keen in enhancing occupational safety in the emirate by strictly enforcing the prevailing rules and regulations. “We have enacted a set of legislation including local orders, technical guidelines and codes with the objective of ensuring occupational safety of workers”.

Redha Salman, Director of Environment and Safety Department said the construction fatality incidence rate on Dubai sites (at 5.6)  is lower than the United States rate of 10.8 although above the UK rate of 3.4 deaths per 100,000 employed.

Comment: Build Safe UAE is also making a contribution to safety in UAE. A not for profit organisation aimed at improving the health, safety and welfare conditions of all construction industry stakeholders through the free exchange and sharing of information between organisations working in the UAE.

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