Contractors raise safety stakes

Dubai's contractors have formed new organisation to raise safety standards in local construction industry.

NEWS, Business

Contractors in Dubai have joined forces to form a new organisation aimed at raising the standard of safety in the local construction industry.

The BuildSafe Dubai group will share its ideas on construction safety and best practice with others in the industry, whose safety record may not be up to scratch.

"There is no value in a small group sharing good practice - we need to reach all contractors, clients and consultants and help each other," said Chris Doyle, head of environment health & safety & sustainability, Bovis Lend Lease.

"The BuildSafe Dubai concept is about organisations who have good safety standards sharing ideas and inviting other organisations with safety aspirations, but not yet the performance, so they can get a better understanding of good practice, how to implement it, and how to plan and cost it."

One aim is to educate smaller sub contractors, who are notorious for flouting safety regulations.

"There are smaller companies out there, a lot of subcontractors or sub-sub contractors that aren't doing anything in terms of health and safety," said David Bass, health & safety manager, Al Naboodah Contracting.

"But there's no point in keeping them on the outside if you want them to work with you and be safe. You have to invite them in so they can see what you're talking about and make them a part of what's going on."

The group will also educate developers on safety. "We want to share with clients how important safety is and that it really is worthwhile to have safety enforced on their projects. The experience of the biggest contractors working so far in this group is that they have got projects where safety at the end of the day has saved time and money on a project overall. This is the message we want to get across," said Doyle.

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