Falling Concrete Kills Worker

SHARJAH - A 56-year-old worker died on Monday after a piece of concrete fell on him while working at a building work site in the Sharjah Industrial
Area Number 12.

by

Afkar Ali Ahmed

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Published: Tue 11 Aug 2009, 11:43 PM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 9:20 AM

Sharjah Police figures show that 20 people died in workplace accidents in Sharjah in the last 18 months and municipality officials on Monday claimed these figures were due to negligenceby companies.

There is need to take adequate measures at worksites to ensure the safety of people and properties.—KT photo by M. SajjadThe incident on Monday was reported to the Police at around 8.30am where an Indian national, was killed immediately before help arrived.

The Sharjah Police statistics do not include fatalities because of medical conditions like heart attacks andheat strokes.

A police official said some of companies were held responsible for the deaths of workers, as they did not abide by the safety regulations set up by the Civil Defence and the municipality.

Most of the victims were found not wearing helmets, safety shoes, gloves, protection glasses and other protective equipment. Further, the construction equipment such as cranes and scaffoldings had not been inspected before use.

“The companies had ignored the safety of workers,” the official said.

“Death of just one man affects several people — the family members, co-workers and the community. Workers should return safely and in full health to their families, loved ones and friends.”

In 2008, four accidents resulted in three deaths.

A 27-year-old Egyptian worker died after tripping and falling from the eighth floor of a building under construction in the Al Nahda area.

The officials blamed the contracting company based in Sharjah for his death, as the company allegedly failed to hang a cloth barrier along the building under construction and ignored othersafety measures.

In the same year, a 25-year-old Pakistani worker died after falling from the fifth floor of a building under construction in the Al Tawun area.

One Indian was electrocuted during the recent rains as a live wire was touching the water accumulated on the premises of his company in the Sharjah industrial area.

A senior official at Sharjah Police said in all these cases, the companies were found to be violating safety regulations. The cases have been referred to the courts. A Sharjah Municipality official said in view of the accidents at work places of late, the municipality has amended its regulations by adding provisions to impose fines of up to Dh50,000 on the contractors found violating safety rules.

The Sharjah Services Coordination Committee had earlier established uniform safety and health regulations for contractors, including the measures to be taken at work sites to ensure the safety of people and properties.

afkarali@khaleejtimes.ae



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