Omran Asian Beach Games site hits 11m safety hours

The milestone was passed as the project met 830 days of construction

Omran staff and contractors at the Asian Beach Games site.
Omran staff and contractors at the Asian Beach Games site.

Oman’s tourism development and investment company Omran has achieved more than 11 million man-hours without lost time due to injury at its Asian Beach Games site.

The milestone, which was passed as the project reached 830 days of construction since work began in June 2008, was celebrated on-site in the presence of Omran officials, contractors and consultants for the project.

With more than 2,145 workers on site currently, the achievement highlights Omran’s commitment to the safety of its workers, and its success in implementing an effective and comprehensive health, safety, security and environment (HSSE) programme.

Omran’s CEO Eng. Wael bin Ahmed Al Lawati said: “This is an outstanding achievement and I warmly congratulate our supervisors, our contractors and all the workers on site.

“We started this project with a wholehearted commitment to safety throughout the life of the project and I am delighted that we continue to celebrate accident-free progress.

“Now all our efforts are focused on reaching the completion and handover of the project to the organizing committee, by November, with this record intact.”

Setting an example to other firms, Omran’s existing HSSE programme includes HSSE training; daily inspections of all aspects of the site including scaffolding, electrics and machinery; as well as a daily ‘tool box talk’ with staff before work begins and the presence of an on-site clinic and full-time doctor.

Having passed the 10-million hour mark during Ramadan, the company reached 11-million hours shortly after Eid. The project is 96% complete and fully on track for its handover to the Muscat Asian Beach Games Organising Committee (MABGOC) in November.

So far, the Games Command Centre has already been handed over and further elements are at snagging stages.

Eng. Al Lawati added: “All the permanent structures are complete or within the 98-99 per cent complete range. We are now putting the finishing structures to those structures and focusing our efforts on the temporary structures and the soft landscaping.

“The site looks fantastic and we are looking forward to full handover to MABGOC.”

Following the project’s handover, MABGOC will use the Musannah site to host the 2nd Asian Beach Games, from 8-16 December 2010. The Games will welcome more than 5,000 athletes and officials from 45 nations, who will participate in 14 different games.

Following the Games, Omran will utilise the site to create a mixed-use residential, commercial and tourism destination.

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