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Abu Dhabi issues 200 safety warnings to construction companies

ADM's campaign covered sites within Abu Dhabi Island, Saadiyat Island, and Khalifa City

Abu Dhabi Municipality has issued 44 offences following a three-day site safety campaign [representational image].
Abu Dhabi Municipality has issued 44 offences following a three-day site safety campaign [representational image].

Abu Dhabi Municipality (ADM) has issued 44 offences and 199 warnings to building contractors and consultants in a three-day campaign aimed at boosting compliance and safety standards at various sites in the UAE capital.

In a statement, ADM said it spotted certain cases during the inspection that fell short of the emirate’s environmental, health, and safety (EHS) standards.

They included a lack of entry point; unsafe work-at-height practices; non-compliance with personal protective equipment guidelines; ignoring temporary on-site fencing; casual storing of building materials; dumping waste at non-designated areas; and failing to service firefighting equipment.

READ: ADM issues 67 offences at Abu Dhabi construction sites

Several areas in Abu Dhabi Island, Saadiyat Island, Khalifa City, Shakhbout City, and Mohammed bin Zayed City were included in this particular inspection.

ADM said the campaign reflected its commitment “to protect the lives of workers and safeguard their health and safety”.

“[The inspection] aims to nurture a safe and healthy working environment and ensure that the EHS standards at the construction site are met as stipulated by Abu Dhabi Occupational Safety and Health Centre,” it added.

The campaign has been launched in accordance with Law No 16/2009, amendments of Law No 4/1983 governing building works, as well as Law No 2/2012 for safeguarding public appearance, health, and public tranquility.

READ: HSE standards are on the up in the UAE

This is not the first ADM campaign aimed at boosting site safety and working standards. In June this year, a similar three-day inspection of contractors and consultants saw ADM issue 67 offences and 53 warnings, again for safety and compliance violations. Breaches included unsafe work-at-height practices and non-compliance with personal protective equipment.

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