Dukhan Highway Central Project's safety milestone
Development has reached 25mn man-hours without loss time injury
Qatar's Public Works Authority, Ashghal, and its contracting company CCC/Teyseer, who are working on Dukhan Highway Central expressway project, celebrated a key milestone achieved by reaching 25mn man-hours without loss time injury (LTI).
The achievement comes as a result of Ashghal’s comprehensive and stringent health and safety measures which are included in the pre-qualification process for contractors applying to work on any of the Authority’s projects.
To comply with Ashghal’s health and safety requirements at work zones, the contractor CCC/Teyseer raised the safety bar by introducing a robust programme of safety and traffic management, which has been highly effective in delivering Ashghal’s health and safety objectives.
The programme included the provision and use of the first crash cushion, European approved and tested temporary barriers, both metal and concrete, including accredited installation, specialist road side working safety training accredited to UK and European standards and certified accordingly.
These initiatives saw intensive health and safety discussions and awareness sessions, weekly management inspections, access control for sub-contractors, emergency support vehicles, site notice boards and other related procedures.
Ashghal’s Expressways Programme has a set of health and safety procedures and policies across all projects to ensure commitment and compliance from all contractors to achieve zero% incidents, injuries, environmental harm, and no security breaches on the expressway projects.
In parallel to this, a campaign titled “Raising the safety bar 2014” has been launched across the Expressway Programme which includes six monthly themes to be implemented by construction contractors every month. This is in addition to imposing a group of mandatory requirements for labourers accommodations and health services.
Last June, Ashghal announced achieving a similar milestone at the Lusail Expressway project that reached 10mn man-hours without LTI.
The Dukhan Highway Central project is managed by KBR as the programme management consultant and WS Atkins as the supervision consultant.
A substantial section of the Dukhan Highway Central project has already been opened to the public.
Dukhan Highway Central project includes the construction of 15km of a new highway starting from west of the existing Al Wajbah Interchange and ending east of the town of Al Sheehaniya. The project also comprises a dual carriageway with four lanes in each direction, service roads and a cycle track in both directions.
Commenced in Q2 of 2011, the QR1bn ($274mn) project is estimated to be complete in Q4, 2016.