Construction firms and workers responsible for onsite safety

DUBAI — Construction firms and workers must share the responsibility of having safer building sites, in order to prevent fatal accidents and save money at the same time.

By A Staff Reporter

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Published: Tue 4 Dec 2007, 9:53 AM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 9:34 PM

A company having a “not particularly large project” could lose up to Dh3 million if one worker dies on site and work stops for 12 hours, along with time spent for the succeeding investigation.

“If you have an accident, a great deal of executive time goes into investigations, court cases and compensation, and there are so many smaller elements that take time and money,” an official of Bovis Lend Lease said in a statement.

Paul Redstone, regional operations manager for the Middle East of Bovis, a global project management and construction company, hinted that there is a lack of safety monitoring in Dubai’s construction industry.

“We feel that there are actually good regulations here, it’s just that it’s such a saturated construction market,” he said. “It’s almost unfeasible to actually have the government bodies enforce it.”

He stressed that it is the obligation of project stakeholders and workers to create safer work environments.

He said that Bovis talks with contractors to share the best practice with them in terms of on site safety.

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