DM updates onsite safety laws

Dubai Municipality (DM) has issued new onsite safety regulations to be enforced effective immediately.

Dubai Municipality (DM) has issued new onsite safety regulations to be enforced effective immediately.

The move marks the first overhaul of construction site safety rules for 13 years.

The rules will be enforced through unannounced inspections and fines of up to US $14,000 (AED50,000). Serious violations will see firms added to a "blacklist," which could lead to them being banned from operating.

The rules are available to the emirates' 4000 contractors in a manual for a fee of $27.

The manual was compiled by Mirdif Securitiy and Safety Consultants HSE director Dr Wassem Rajae Al-Alami.

"In designing this manual, many of the safety standards existing in the advanced and developing nations were referred to," said DM assistant director general for planning and building affairs Essa Al Maidour.

"We have looked at many international codes of practice in this field, and hopefully we have covered most of the issues."

According to figures given by the DM Building Department acting director Fawzi Mohammed Al Shehi, 865 construction site accidents were reported between 2004 and 2007.

Out of those, 45% involved falling from height, 23% were collapses, 14% included cranes and other machinery and 7% involved fire and electric shock.

The manual also sets out stricter fire safety preconditions.

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