Workplace accident rate drops in Abu Dhabi

Falls and falling obejcts a major cause of fatal worksite accidents

Abu Dhabi has seen a reduction in the number of workplace deaths over the past 12 months. Photo: Getty.
Abu Dhabi has seen a reduction in the number of workplace deaths over the past 12 months. Photo: Getty.

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The number of worksite deaths in Abu Dhabi has dropped significantly according to latest figures released by the emirate’s Health Authority.

There were 551 deaths on the job in 2010 compared with 680 in 2009 – a drop of close to 20%. The figures include work-related road deaths and drowning.

Falls from height and falling objects still pose the greatest danger to construction workers, and the most commonly injured workers were of Indian original, followed by Pakistanis and Bangladeshis.

The Abu Dhabi Health Authority doesn’t yet have final figures for non-fatal injuries.

Officials from the Health Authority say it’s not clear from the statistics whether the reduction in work place deaths and injuries had come as a result of increased safety measures, or purely as a result of a slowdown in the pace of construction work in the emirate.

 

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