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Scaffolding collapses at building demolition site in Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi City Municipality praises swift authority response to the incident, which did not cause injuries or vehicular damage

Abu Dhabi Municipality tweeted updates about the scaffolding collapse incident at a demolition site.
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Abu Dhabi Municipality tweeted updates about the scaffolding collapse incident at a demolition site.

Abu Dhabi City Municipality (ADM) confirmed that authorities were called in after the partial collapse of scaffolding set up at a building demolition site in the emirate.

The government department tweeted four pictures of the scaffolding accident and praised local authorities for their swift response to the incident.

Abu Dhabi’s Crisis Management Team, Department of Transport, Abu Dhabi Police, and Department of Urban Planning and Municipalities were all mobilised to deal with the accident at the demolition site.

No injuries or damage to vehicles or infrastructure were reported from the incident, according to a post on ADM’s official Instagram account.

Traffic was temporarily halted in the area to assist with the clean-up operation and allow authorities to ensure the site and the surrounding area were safe for pedestrians.

While accidents are an inherent risk on construction sites around the world, the UAE has a solid track record when it comes to health and safety on building sites. Construction Week reported this week that Deyaar Development’s Midtown project in Dubai Production City had recorded more than five million man-hours without a lost-time injury. 

Similarly, in 2018, Dubai South was reported to have achieved 35.8 million man-hours without serious accidents or lost-time incidents. 

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