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  • 1. 2010 April 28 International Workers Memorial Day “An International Day of Remembrance & Action for Workers”
  • 2. Fact Organisations who successfully manage Health, Safety & Welfare have a number of common characteristics. They can demonstrate a progressive improvement in their Injury & Ill-Health record. But above all they have created a corporate culture within which safety permeates “all levels” in their organisation. A “Successful Safety System” can be regarded as a key indicator of “Successful Management”.
  • 3. “there are true benefits of achieving business objectives safely, safety is a common issue which combines us all, design for zero incidents, with safety there is no competition, how we action our impacts will shape the environment we work in, safety is a journey - a long term commitment which begins with senior leadership, all accidents are preventable, there are benefits of sharing failures and successes, safety is a 100% personal commitment - stand-up and be responsible, appreciate the benefits of safety, if you look after your workforce you will benefit from a good productive workforce, safety is an essential prerequisite of doing good business, come in safe and go back safe, with safety there is always room to improve, communicate your lessons learnt to educate others, safety makes total commercial sense, be absolutely committed to ensuring a safe workforce, safety is a primary fundamental focus which requires proactive involvement, safety is everyone's responsibility”.
  • 4. About the 28 th of April • Every year on the 28th of April, we honour the memory of workers who have lost their lives due to work-related injuries or occupational diseases. The annual Day of Mourning is an opportunity to remember those fallen workers and to re-commit to creating safer workplaces. According to the International Labour Organisation (ILO) - across the world: • Each year, more than two million women and men die as a result of work-related accidents and diseases. • Workers suffer approximately 270 million occupational accidents each year, and fall victim to some 160 million incidents of work-related illnesses. • Hazardous substances kill 440,000 workers annually – asbestos claims 100,000 lives. • One worker dies every 15 seconds worldwide. 6,000 workers die every day. Work kills more people than wars. What can you do? Address and change your impacts: • Review the near misses, lost time injuries or fatalities which took place on your projects in 2009. • Discuss the lessons learnt & implement effective measures to prevent accidents from repeating on your projects. • Ensure every accident is recorded, reported & communicated to your workforce. • Train & educate your workforce to own safety as a fundamental value.
  • 5. People Cannot be Replaced In 2009, 10 workers from BuildSafe UAE lost their lives due to workplace accidents. 40% of these fatalities were Falls from Height. 530 workers were seriously injured. Every accident is preventable, stating the obvious, people are still being killed whilst working on projects – this is completely unacceptable. Any accident must remind us that safety always comes first and must not be compromised regardless of pressures. We must do everything within our control to stop accidents. Safety is everyone’s responsibility. It takes real commitment and dedication to make sure we all go home safe at the end of the day. Leaders have a significant ability to influence a safe working environment. Employees are every organisations key assets. Empower your employees to own safety as a fundamental value. When you see an unsafe situation - don’t ignore it or consider it someone else’s problem. Report any hazards immediately to your supervisor or employer. Follow established safe work procedures. No one should have to end up as a statistic.
  • 6. Summary of 2009 Statistics This information summarises the combined statistical data submitted by 36 main contractors of BuildSafe UAE for the reporting period of 2009. •Number of Projects: 479 Average •Number of Persons Employed: 276,323 Average •Number of Man Hours Worked: 887,072,131 •Number of Lost Time Injuries: 530 •Number of Fatalities: 10 •Lost Time Injury Rate: 0.0597 •Fatality Frequency Rate: 0.0011
  • 8. Fatalities = 10 FALLS FROM HEIGHT 4 = 40%
  • 9. Excavation Fatality LABOURER DIES IN RAS AL KHAIMAH AFTER BEING BURIED ALIVE BY DEBRIS. By Nasouh Nazzal, Staff Reporter from GULF NEWS - Published: 00:00 March 8, 2010.
  • 10. Press Release • LABOURER DIES IN RAS AL KHAIMAH AFTER BEING BURIED ALIVE BY DEBRIS. • By Nasouh Nazzal, Staff Reporter from GULF NEWS - Published: 00:00 March 8, 2010. • Ras Al Khaimah: A Pakistani labourer was buried alive under piles of sand and rocks which fell on him. • The victim was digging a three-metre-deep hole in Oman Street in the Al Nakheel area as part of street renovation. The 44-year-old victim, Jol Ahmad, worked for a construction company based in Abu Dhabi, which was commissioned to renovate the street. • While he was digging the hole, huge quantities of sand and rocks fell on him, burying him alive, a senior police officer told Gulf News on Sunday. • The officer said the incident was reported to the Police Operation Room by the victim's colleagues. • The officer added that the sand and rock loads were removed and the victim's body was recovered and sent by ambulance to the morgue of Saqr Hospital. The body was to be handed over later to his family for burial. • The officer said the victim was working on reshaping the hole and the sand and rocks were supposed to be used to fill the hole.
  • 11. BuildSafe Response • We are saddened by the unnecessary loss of life caused through this tragic incident. BuildSafe UAE, since being established over 2 years ago, has recognised trench collapse as a major area of concern within the UAE Construction Industry and has published a number of safety alerts in this regard and advised on mitigating measures that can be considered in preventing potential trench collapse and thereby the associated injuries. • There is no excuse for allowing people to enter and work under the conditions that were evident from the photograph of the accident scene and we would hope a full investigation of the circumstances surrounding the incident are conducted. • The local Construction Industry is not only an important sector of the UAE economy, but through the employment of a large expatriate workforce is also recognised as the principal driver of many other regional economies as well. Construction is all about the future and in particular the sustainable development and progress of the UAE. Sustainable demands that we guarantee our people a safe and healthy working environment. BuildSafe UAE is one UAE Construction Industry initiative with this objective firmly at the fore.
  • 12. Real Lessons Shared To date; the following BuildSafe UAE Safety Alerts have been circulated: • 2008 DEC 07 - 161 - Safety Alert - TRENCH COLLAPSE FATALITY • 2008 DEC 07 - 162 - Safety Alert - INJURIES TO WORKERS IN TRENCH COLLAPSE • 2009 FEB 08 - 172 - Safety Alert - EXCAVATION COLLAPSE RESULTS IN FATALITY • 2009 MAR 22 - 205 - Safety Alert - EXCAVATION COLLAPSE • 2009 MAY 24 - 250 - Safety Alert - EXCAVATION COLLAPSE • 2009 MAY 31 - 252 - Safety Alert - FATAL EXCAVATION COLLAPSE • 2009 OCT 25 - 357 - Safety Alert - TRENCH COLLAPSE FATALITY • 2010 MAR 14 - 428 - Safety Alert - EXCAVATION FATALITY
  • 13. Falling Objects or Materials To date; a large percentage of BuildSafe UAE Safety Alerts have been circulated relating to Falling Objects or Materials: •2008 AUG 17 - 085 - Safety Alert - FALL OF MATERIALS DUE TO POOR SLINGING •2008 SEP 21 - 107 - Safety Alert - FATALITY CAUSED BY FALLING MATERIAL •2008 NOV 30 - 157 - Safety Alert - FALL OF MATERIALS •2008 DEC 07 - 164 - Safety Alert - FALL OF MATERIALS •2009 APR 12 - 220 - Safety Alert - FALLING OBJECTS •2009 APR 19 - 224 - Safety Alert - STRUCK BY FALLING OBJECT •2009 JUN 07 - 256 - Safety Alert - SEVERE INJURY BY FALLING MATERIAL •2009 OCT 18 - 355 - Safety Alert - EQUIPMENT FALLS FROM HEIGHT •2009 NOV 01 - 361 - Safety Alert - FALL OF MATERIAL DURING LIFTING •2009 DEC 06 - 389 - Safety Alert - STRUCK BY FALLING OBJECT •2009 DEC 06 - 390 - Safety Alert - LOOSE MATERIAL FALL FROM TABLE FORM •2010 FEB 07 - 404 - Safety Alert - FALL OF INSTALLED BUILDING MATERIAL While means to prevent objects or materials from falling in the first place must always be the priority, following a review of these incidents above it was identified that a lack of proper Exclusion Zones were in place. Exclusion Zones are required where there is a risk of Falling Objects, it is important to remember that Exclusion Zones should be the secondary means of protection.
  • 14. Focus on Exclusion Zones The application of Exclusion Zones are part of the overall strategy for controlling the risk of Falling Objects on construction sites. Within the BuildSafe UAE membership, 58 out of the 530 Lost Time Incidents in 2009 occurred because of Falling Objects on member construction operations. The majority of these accidents exhibited aspects of non-compliance associated with Exclusion Zones implemented as a secondary control measure. Further analysis of Exclusion Zone non compliance has identified three underlying themes: 1. The Exclusion Zone was not established and was not part of the planning. 2. The Exclusion Zone was part of the planning but was not established or was inadequate. 3. The Exclusion Zone was established but it was either removed or breached. Primary controls such as full perimeter screens, perimeter scaffolds, avoiding work at the edge, good housekeeping and the tethering of equipment helps prevent the fall of objects, however, where the risk of Falling Objects remains, secondary controls must be implemented, such as installing catch nets / fans, walkways with overhead protection and Exclusion Zones (often in combination). Given the significant number of Lost Time Incidents that have occurred relating to Falling Objects and the lack of effective Exclusion Zones, it is critical that more focus is put on the planning and execution of the secondary controls, and in particular Exclusion Zones.
  • 15. Policy for Exclusion Zones The implementation of Exclusion Zones is a secondary control measure to control the risk of Falling Objects during construction works; however, alternate solutions may need to be considered for lifting operations and the movement of materials involving cranes. The following Compliance Requirements in relation to Exclusion Zones, should be considered: • The standards for Exclusion Zones need to be clearly communicated to the supply chain during procurement, and where required be included in Safe Work Method Statements (SWMS) / pre task plans for work at heights. • Exclusion Zone standards need to be effectively communicated to trade supervisors and workers, and be verified as being in place prior to work at height commencing. • If after the implementation of primary controls, there remains a possibility of objects falling into areas below - Exclusion Zones and / or other secondary control measures are required. • Exclusion Zones as a minimum should include full height mesh fencing, robust movable barriers and clear signage.
  • 16. Compliant Example Exclusion Zone including full height mesh fencing, robust movable barriers and clear signage.
  • 17. Project Leaders Project Leaders should: • Conduct an immediate review and coordinated follow up, and complete an EXCLUSION ZONE CHECK (see next slide) to enable a review of all current work at height against the Compliance Requirements on each of your projects. • Where gaps or non conformances exist, each project should prepare an action plan to address and close out any issues which have been identified. • For projects currently involved in procuring contractors for the next phase of works or if tender documentation has already been issued, Project Leaders should ensure that this information is communicated.
  • 18. Exclusion Zone Check LEVEL OF EXCLUSION ZONE CHECK COMPLIANCE 1. The standards for Exclusion Zones have been communicated to your trade contractors during procurement. 2. Exclusion Zone requirements have been communicated to supervisors and workers including the type of barriers that are acceptable. 3. Where Exclusion Zones are deployed as a secondary control measure, they are included in the SWMS / pre task plan for the task. 4. There is a system in place that verifies Exclusion Zones are established prior to work commencing and they are setup before any work takes place. 5. Exclusion Zones are of an appropriate size to prevent danger from falling objects (consider the height from which material can fall, the nature of material that may fall, bounce effect caused by striking on the way down, and sail effect caused by wind). 6. Exclusion Zones are fully enclosed and delineated by robust physical barriers so as to prevent access. 7. Exclusion Zones are equipped with the appropriate signage to warn people of the hazards of falling material. 8. Hazard warning tape is not being used as a means of Exclusion Zone demarcation (irrespective of task duration). 9. Where required, Exclusion Zones are provided with additional personnel (spotters) to monitor and maintain the integrity of the Exclusion Zone. 10.Where Exclusion Zones do not have full time personnel (spotters), a process is in place to ensure that the zones are regularly inspected and monitored to ensure their integrity. 11.Where there is a significant interface with the general public (where construction work is taking place) and there is the potential for the work zone to be breached, personnel are assigned to manage the area. NON COMPLIANT COMPLIANT NOT APPLICABLE
  • 19. Asbestos Awareness To date; the following BuildSafe UAE Safety Alerts have been circulated relating to Asbestos: •2010 JAN 31 - 396 - Safety Alert - ASBESTOS CLOTH FIRE BLANKET •2010 FEB 07 - 403 - Safety Alert - ASBESTOS INSTALLED IN NEW BUILD •2010 FEB 14 - 409 - Safety Alert - ASBESTOS EXPOSED DURING DEMOLITION •2010 FEB 21 - 411 - Safety Alert - FAILURE TO MANAGE ASBESTOS PIPES •2010 FEB 28 - 416 - Safety Alert - ASBESTOS FOUND DURING REFURBISHMENT •2010 MAR 07 - 425 - Safety Alert - ASBESTOS FOUND ON CONSTRUCTION SITE Asbestos related diseases are extremely debilitating and almost always fatal. THERE ARE NO CURES – ONLY PREVENTION. PREVENTION can only be achieved by raising the awareness, safe systems of work and training. A Working Paper titled: Asbestos Regulation in the UAE & the Emirate of Dubai was produced by BuildSafe UAE FOCUS GROUP #04 as an introduction to Asbestos Containing Materials & Asbestos Legislation in the UAE. The outcomes of this Focus Group address the following issues: •The Hazards of Asbestos Containing Materials (ACMs) •Asbestos Legislation in the UAE •Legal Responsibilities & Duties of Clients, Consultants & Contractors •The Requirement for Asbestos Awareness Training
  • 20. Remember • Every business in the United Arab Emirates must comply with the UAE Federal Labour Law which outlines the legal duties of an employer. • If you are a business owner, employer, manager or supervisor you have the ability to ensure your workers do not suffer injuries or illnesses by hazards exposed at your workplace. • You also share the responsibility to prevent illnesses and fatalities in your workplace by implementing the proper control measures that will take care and protect your workers Health, Safety & Welfare. • With proper care, precautions, instructions, controls, training, supervision and PPE, workplace injuries and fatalities can be prevented. • For more information visit or call 800 665.
  • 21. “preventing accidents & protecting the lives of your workforce must remain your highest priority, safety is ethically the right thing to do & business wise the smart thing to do, health, safety & welfare makes good business sense, establish a positive safety culture through your supervisors & workforce, every accident is preventable by managing a zero tolerance approach, your commitment must be personal - demonstrate this by example, share your global experiences & lessons learnt, those with the ability have a responsibility to effect change, look after the health, safety & welfare of your people and your stakeholders at every level, invest to improve your health, safety & welfare performance, collaborate with industry stakeholders to improve the acceptable benchmarks, tailor your training programmes to suit the workforces you engage in the regions you do business, implement best practice and share it to educate others”.
  • 22. Every Worker has a Right to an “I n c i d e n t & I n j u r y-F r e e W o r k p l a c e” Drawing By: Elina Doyle (7 Years Old)