Construction sector must embrace safety culture

Safety culture increasingly important in construction sector

Ahmed Pauwels, CEO of Epoc Messe Frankfurt GmbH, organiser of Intersec
Ahmed Pauwels, CEO of Epoc Messe Frankfurt GmbH, organiser of Intersec

Construction-site accidents are a major concern in the Middle East, especially as the industry is such an important part of the economy, said Ahmed Pauwels, CEO of Epoc Messe Frankfurt GmbH, organiser of Intersec, the international meeting platform for security, safety and protection.

“Companies are actively working on changing the work culture in order to improve health and safety standards. Local authorities are introducing more awareness campaigns.

"Increased understanding about the risks posed by unsafe practices and educating the workforce about industry best practice will definitely bring down the accident rate considerably,” said Pauwels.

“At Intersec we join hands with industry experts and local authorities to spread the safety message across all aspects of the workplace.

"Builders, architects and real-estate developers are among those who can benefit by studying the latest developments in the health and safety sector,” said Pauwels.

Intersec 2011, which will run from January 16 to 18 at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre, will feature the Fall Protection Special Display by Capital Safety Group and Singing Rock as part of the outdoor demo area.

With a large number of construction site accidents occurring due to falls from heights, the latest techniques in fall protection and risk management will be a big draw for local industry professionals.

Among the many companies displaying the latest in safety management measures at the exhibition will be Ansell Healthcare Systems, 3M, JAL Group, HAIX, Honeywell Life Safety, Sioen, Nebosh, IOSH, Bolle Safety, Cofra, Draeger Safety, MSA, Lion Apparel, Allsafe, Texport, PBI, BATA Industrials and Schubert.

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