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Damac commits to improve safety

By Staff Writer
Damac Properties yesterday said it has recorded an impressive safety performance across its major construction sites in Dubai for 2008 and will continue its commitment to improve further in 2009.

During 2008, about 18 million man hours were clocked across the developer's project sites in Dubai.

There were no fatalities on site and just seven lost time injuries occurring in the year. This puts the frequency rate of incidents per one million man hours at a low of rate 0.4 per cent, it said. Out of the sample 12 construction sites monitored, nine recorded zero LTIs and no medical treatment was needed at six sites during the entire year.

Commenting on the safety performance, Dr Ekarath Raveendran, the company's Health Safety and Environment Manager, said: "Construction sites are hazardous places and as a company we have been working hard with our contractors to increase awareness of safety and draw attention to the risks for our staff and contractors on site."

The 12 project sites 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.

CEO of Damac Properties Peter Riddoch outlined the ways the company will look to improve its performance in 2009, which includes monthly meetings between staff, contractors and consultants; safety site of the month awards and weekly visits by an HSE Manager.