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Mon 26 Jan 2009 06:19 AM

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Damac hails 2008 construction safety record

Safety campaign sees only seven lost time injuries out of total of 18mn man hours.

Damac Properties has said that only seven lost time injuries (LTIs) were recorded at its construction sites in 2008 out of a total of nearly 18 million man hours as part of a company-wide safety drive.There were no fatalities on site and out of the sample 12 construction sites monitored, nine recorded no LTIs at all and at six sites no medical treatment was needed during the entire year, the company said.

And Damac chiefs have announced that new initiatives will be launched this year to try to cut the number of incidents further.

CEO Peter Riddoch said monthly meetings between staff, contractors and consultants; safety site of the month awards and weekly visits by a health and safety manager were part of the company's strategy.

He added: "We want everyone who works with us to be safe at work and very often this is down to having the right attitude and taking due care and attention.

"We will continue to look for ways that we can improve our performance and further reduce the number of LTIs on site."

The 12 Damac Properties sites that were included in the safety audit were Executive Heights and Smart Heights at TECOM, The Crescent and Lago Vista at IMPZ; Park Towers at DIFC; Business Tower and XL Tower at Business Bay; Lake View at Jumeirah Lake Towers; Emirates Gardens One and Two and Tuscan Residences, at Jumeirah Village South and Ocean Heights at Dubai Marina.

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