Safety watchdog commemorates Workers Memorial Day

The UAE's HSE pressure group issues a harsh reminder

BSU has compiled a list of fatal accidents, so others may learn.
BSU has compiled a list of fatal accidents, so others may learn.

Industry watchdog Build Safe UAE has joined in the observation of International Workers Memorial Day, held on the 28th of April each year.

To mark the event, the group has called on its members to consider the fact that each year more than two million people die of work related accidents and diseases worldwide, but simple vigilance from everyone involved in a company can reduce this to zero.

Group secretary, Elias McGrath said: “In 2009, 10 workers from BuildSafe UAE lost their lives due to workplace accidents. 40% of these fatalities were Falls from Height. 530 workers were seriously injured. Every accident is preventable, stating the obvious, people are still being killed whilst working on projects –this is completely unacceptable. Any accident must remind us that safety always comes first and must not be compromised regardless of pressures. We must do everything within our control to stop accidents.”

He added: “When you see an unsafe situation -don’t ignore it or consider it someone else’s problem. Report any hazards immediately to your supervisor or employer. Follow established safe work procedures. No one should have to end up as a statistic.”

Build Safe UAE has 67 members, mostly major contractors and has been active across the country since 2008.

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