New UAE safety law to be revealed

New regulations will improve site safety for workers.

New safety regulations will be announced in the UAE this week to improve site safety for workers. It is believed that the UAE government will announce a federal labour law and a Dubai Municipality code of practice on 25 February.

The move follows two accidents last month that according to official records killed three people and injured 39.

An official from Dubai Municipality confirmed that a new law is to be announced which will improve safety as well as accommodation facilities for workers.

Last year, HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, ruler of Dubai and prime minister of the UAE, ordered the Ministry of Labour to increase its force of health and safety inspectors in order to curb on-site H&S violations.

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Posted by: Bryan Concepcion

Installing anti-collision systems on cranes is essential for the safety of everyone in the construction industry and for everyone else.

Posted by: george joseph

other than the safety team, if any one here the word safety definitly he will look arround for the safety personnel.Why. Because every one think safety means it is for the safety personel.The lack of IITS exactly shows here for the public.(mainly in construction field).This atitude should be changed by a seminar locally by the local muncipality/ public.The muncipality should be more strict about construction safety.

Posted by: Andre Adams

With regards to this artical i have been in the middleeast for 10 years now and the safety standards for cranes in general has only just started to be implemented but not inforced by the goverment bodies. I agree with the training aspect and agree with mr paul king that the correct training should be provided. the problem we have here in the middle east is that in my opinion there are no companies here in the midde east to provide such training services like the uk you have citb training courses. 
Also along with the training the cranes them self also leave a lot to be desired some are 20 years old and have no maintenece records or repair records along with the computer systems in the cabs not working correctly. In france and spain anti collision is law if you have more than 1 crane on a site here we have sites that have 10 cranes on and no anti collision device on and the cranes are left to the operators to avoid collisions. 
i think that the crane laws should be bought up to date using people that have spent there working life in the crane buisness and know how a crane functions under loads and not by a health and safety expert whom has never operated a tower crane or any other crane. or simply apply the rules from the uk using british standards and the CITB training programe

Posted by: saji

For improving the safety implementation in the sites, actually the concern safety departments should get the support from the Dubai Municipality as well as Civil Defence. Then only the site senior management will think about it and also they will follow, because they have fear for getting penality from the Govt concern. These govt depatments should take a walk rounds in the ongoing projects, because of that the safety departments will get the maximum support from the management for implementing safety in their fields. All the accidents/incidents happening with the lack of knowledge, for that all the companies should maintain a training departments, train the person before sending his job. Nobody has following this procedures.

Posted by: G Frank

This sounds all great, but will this be enforced now or is it just going to be another good attemt?? I hope that the general HSE standard will be raised considerably for everyone's sake , because as confirmed in the comment above health and safety is still simply a scary subject in Dubai... Does anyone have any informatin on details of this law?

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