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The number of construction industry accidents in Dubai this year will reach record levels if trends for the first five months of this year continue.

The number of construction industry accidents in Dubai this year will reach record levels if trends for the first five months of this year continue.

Figures revealed by Dubai Municipality show that from January to May, there were 107 construction site accidents recorded, compared with 199 for the whole of 2005.

In 2004 there were 149 accidents, which caused 23 deaths and led to 105 people sustaining injuries, while in 2003 some 92 accidents were recorded, in which 20 people died and 35 were injured.

However, the number of construction sites in the city has also risen from 4,582 in 2005 to 6,500 this year, which may account for the increased figures.

Nearly half of all accidents in Dubai are caused by falls from height or by dropped equipment. All accident data has been compiled from every area in the city, although projects by the Ports Customs and Free Zones Corporation and developer Nakheel are not included.

More than 1,000 construction firms are registered with the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

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