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Dubai Police issues fire safety warning after worker deaths

The warning reportedly follows the deaths of two construction workers in the first half of this year

Dubai Police is reported to have dealt with 319 fires in the first half of 2018.
Dubai Police is reported to have dealt with 319 fires in the first half of 2018.

Dubai law enforcement has issued a construction site safety warning following the deaths of two construction workers during the first half of 2018, local media has reported.

According to the National, Dubai Police is calling on companies and employees to ensure they follow safety procedures. The warning came after one worked died from receiving an electric shock while installing wiring, and another who passed away while fitting cables into lamps.

Both deaths occurred in the first half of 2018, and have been investigated by the forensic science and criminology department.

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The report went on to say that Dubai Police had dealt with 319 fires, including at villas, apartments, construction sites, and cars during this same period.

Head of the police forensic engineering section, Maj Mohammed Al Qasem, was quoted as saying: “An Asian construction worker died of electric shock while installing wires to a solar power plant. Another man died in Mina Rashid while installing cables to lamps without following safety procedures.”

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Dubai Police, according to the National report, also revealed that 5% of fires in Dubai in the first half of this year were started deliberately, including one by a driver who set fire to car that belonged to his friend, before spreading to 10 other vehicles.

“A man started a fire in the door of an apartment that belonged to his friend’s family,” Al Qasem said.

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