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6 Abu Dhabi construction firms fined for flouting tower cranes' safety norms

Ismail Sebugwaawo /Abu Dhabi
ismail@khaleejtimes.com Filed on October 5, 2020 | Last updated on October 5, 2020 at 08.06 pm
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The Abu Dhabi Municipality said the violating firms were identified during inspection campaigns carried out on 160 construction sites.

In a massive crackdown, six construction and contracting firms in Abu Dhabi were fined for failing to comply with safety requirements of tower cranes. As many as 42 warnings were also issued to building contractors and consultants.

The Abu Dhabi Municipality said the violating firms were identified during inspection campaigns carried out on 160 construction sites.

The campaigns were intended to highlight the safety standards of tower cranes at construction sites to prevent workers from getting exposed to risks.

During the campaigns, authorities also raised awareness among workers and employers and educated them about the need to adhere to the stipulated safety norms to protect workers and community members from dangers.

The municipal officials pointed out that the crackdown on site safety is part of a campaign to ensure that contractors and consultants abide by Environment, Health and Safety (EHS) standards to maintain the safety of employees, protect their lives and mitigate potential hazards in the workplace.

The municipality said it was working to strengthen contractors' commitment and awareness around auditing and supervising subcontractors.

This includes acquiring installation licences for the tower cranes, regular maintenance of cranes and review of maintenance reports, monitoring the loading and offloading of heavy machinery, carrying out regular maintenance and third-party safety checks, and ensuring mobile crane operators have the necessary experience to operate the machines.

The municipality has stressed the importance of compliance with EHS's risk assessment policy for construction projects to bring about safety of on-site workers and pedestrians.

The civic body, through EHS, has urged all consulting offices, contractors, and building developers to adhere to the prescribed safety standards.

ismail@khaleejtimes.com 

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Ismail Sebugwaawo

A professional journalist originating from Kampala, Uganda, Ismail is a happy father with strong attachment to family and great values for humanity. He has practiced journalism in UAE for the past 13 years, covering the country's parliament (FNC) and crimes, including Abu Dhabi Police, public prosecution and courts. He also reports about important issues in education, public health and the environment, with a keen interest in human interest stories. When out of reporting duties, he serves the Ugandan community in Abu Dhabi as he wants to see his countrymen happy. Exercising and reading are part of his free time.


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