In order to enhance the safety and health of workers in Dubai and to protect the rights of workers for a decent, healthy and safe working environment, Dubai Municipality organized the “Safety Tent” activity.
The event was organized as part of the “Zero Accident Construction” challenge initiative to provide a safe and stimulating environment for workers by raising their awareness and enhancing a safety culture in construction sites.
Eng. Abdullah Al Shezawi, Director of Building Control Department pointed out that the most important feature of this activity is setting up the tent in the labour
accommodation in Al Muhaisinah-2 area as a first stage. “We will take this activity to all labour accommodations in the Emirate in future. The Municipality will target the workers in their places of residence to facilitate communication and interaction with them, reflecting the interest of the senior management in the Municipality to preserve the lives of workers in construction sites, taking into consideration they are the largest segment and they need training and awareness,” he said.
Al Shezawi said that the event will include a series of activities through three days such as lectures, workshops, distribution of building safety awareness leaflets to spread the concept of occupational safety and health in construction sites, in addition to a medical day, which will include medical examinations for workers.
He stressed the need to promote a culture of occupational safety and health and to disseminate it at the workplace level, to motivate workers to be responsible for their safety, as well as the responsibilities of governments and employers, which will help protect workers and positively reflect project completion and increase in productivity and maintain its continuity.
It is worth mentioning that the “Zero Accident Construction” challenge initiative was launched on October 1 this year for construction companies to compete with each other to achieve the largest number of working hours in construction sites without the occurrence of any construction accidents or violations of security and safety requirements and the preservation of life and property according to innovative work standards and mechanisms in a way that enhances Dubai’s reputation as one of the cities in which the construction industry is active.