Safety warning given out on International City job

Officials say serious accidents could lead to contractors punished by fines of up to US $30,000

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By  Tim Wood Published  April 8, 2006

The Environment, Health and Safety (EHS) unit of Dubai Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation has warned contractors working at the International City development in Al Warsan that any serious accidents will be punished by fines of up to US$30,000 (AED100,000). EHS was given full responsibility for all health and safety standards at one of Dubai’s largest construction projects last month, and the introduction of the financial penalties is just one of many new initiatives being brought in. The crackdown will also see EHS conduct daily inspections on all contractors, carry out snap-shot audits to assess risks and site hazards and perform random checks to ensure plant safety at the construction site. Contractors found guilty of violating the health and safety rules set by EHS will be sent a formal warning and any that fail to take remedial action will face a substantial fine. Ahmed Hussain, EHS chief executive officer, said: “The International City development involves a large number of contractors and workers. This makes it necessary to closely monitor the health and safety standards adopted at the project and to take required measures in case companies were found violating safety rules. “As such, fines of between $3,000 and $30,000 will be administered depending on the type of offence carried out.” Once completed at the end of 2006, International City, which will cover an area of 800 ha, and will feature studios and apartments for over 60,000 residents, retailers, wholesalers and corporate offices. Nakheel is the developer on the project. And last week, in partnership with Kempinski, Nakheel announced its first overseas property development — the 400-room five-star Djibouti Palace Hotel on the east coast of Africa. The first phase of the hotel is already under construction, and the hotel and conference centre will be completed by the November 2006.

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