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Accident free quarter for Damac in Dubai

Developer records 40% improvement on last year's safety record

Emirates Gardens was one of the projects included in the safety audit.
Emirates Gardens was one of the projects included in the safety audit.

Damac Properties recorded no lost time incidents (LTIs) during the third quarter of 2009, with just three LTIs for the year to-date on Damac’s Dubai sites.

In total, more than 16 million man hours were worked, meaning a 40% improvement in overall safety levels year-on-year.

‘This considerable improvement on last year’s safety performance is a great example of what can be achieved if you take some more time and effort to focus on safety every day,” said Damac health safety and environment manager Ekarath Raveendran.

“It is all the more pleasing that we have recorded this performance in a year when we have been going full steam ahead on construction especially at sites like Park Towers where we have now reached the top floor and at Ocean Heights where we are at floor 76.”

The sites included in the safety audit were Smart Heights at TECOM, Lago Vista at IMPZ; Park Towers at DIFC; Business Tower and XL Tower at Business Bay; Emirates Gardens One and Two and Tuscan Residences, all at Jumeirah Village South and Ocean Heights at Dubai Marina.

Raveendran claimed that the improved safety records were the result of more site visits and increased transparency; the reporting of near miss incidents has been encouraged among contractors and Build Safe UAE publishing all safety alerts and ‘near misses’ weekly to encourage good practice.

“These positive results show what can be achieved with clear safety plans, correct accident reporting procedures and communication between sites and contractors.”

Damac GM Ziad El Chaar added: “It is great news that not only are our sites performing well in terms of construction timetables and delivery deadlines – but that they are doing all of this whilst keeping accident rates low and also remaining focused on safety.

“We will continue to look for ways that we can develop and improve our safety performance and hope that we will record a full year of positive progress in this area.”

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