Employee safety needs more attention

The head of Ajman Civil Defence has urged companies to take fire safety laws more seriously after the increase in fires during 2007.

The head of Ajman Civil Defence has urged companies to take fire safety laws more seriously after the increase in fires during 2007.

Last month, in an exclusive interview with facilities management Middle East, Colonel Salah al Matrooshi, said: "The safety of employees lies in the hands of the employer and they really should take this more seriously and protect their workers."

He went on to explain that any company found not adhering to the laws and regulations set by government should be dealt with seriously.

"Those tempted to neglect employees and violate the law should be severely punished. Companies should ensure all employees are able to use fire equipment in the event of a fire." Al Matrooshi believes there are two causes to the increase in fires this year.The lack of employee training and the rate at which developments are being built in the Emirates. "These incidents area a result of the rapid development and large number of high-rise buildings being constructed," he says.

The Brigadier's comments come just weeks before the largest exhibition for fire, health and safety and security, Intersec, takes place at Dubai International Exhibition Centre.

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