23,000 labourers get training in fire safety

DUBAI — In an effort to ensure the safety of labourers working in Jumeirah Lake Towers, the Environment, Health and Safety (EHS) Regulatory arm of Dubai World has introduced fire safety training for about 23,000 workers.

By Riyasbabu

Published: Thu 19 Apr 2007, 8:52 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 1:43 AM

The move came in the wake of the Fortune Tower fire mishap that occurred in January. About four labourers were killed and 60 injured in the incident.

Fortune Towers is a part of Jumeirah Lake Towers.

Ahmed A Hussain, Chief Executive Officer, EHS, said, “The labourers who were working in Fortune Tower panicked and they hardly knew what to do when the fire broke out. We discussed this matter and came to a conclusion that providing labourers with a proper training in fire safety is imperative.”

Mark Warrington, Vice-President, Construction Safety, EHS, said, “We have already conducted 38 sessions of training in various construction sites. About 10,900 workers had already attended the sessions. We would cover the entire workforce in Jumeirah Lake Towers by the end of this month.”

“The training is given in different languages. Leaflets explaining safety measures to be taken in case of a fire mishap have been distributed among all the workers,” he added.

“We had set certain measures to ensure safety at work sites. Our inspectors are visiting various sites regularly to examine whether safety precautions are being followed or not,” he said.

A worker, who attended a training session, said, “I think everyone should know about these basic procedures to tackle any emergency.”

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