The Build Safe UAE (BSU) weekly alert 87 saw some innovations from local contracting companies to contain spills as well as develop a new kind of lifting cage.
ETTS said in its alert that generators on its sites are stationed in drip trays, which it fabricates to contain any spills of fuel or oil that could cause ground contamination and disrupt the local ecosystem. "The drip trays are removable and enable safe disposal of residues," said the company.
Al Futtaim Carillion P & T department said it is using a mobile spill control unit to counter spillage. "The speciality of this spill control unit is that the whole unit is made from waste materials. The trolley is made from metal waste generated in the fabrication workshop, while waste drums are used to store the clean and contaminated saw dust. Waste saw dust is used as spill absorbent, which is also free and procured from the carpentery workshops. This unit can easily move from one place to another place for use," it said. "It also avoids the cost to landfill."
Meanwhile, Bovis Lend Lease (BLL) has developed a lifting cage with HTC to significantly improve the lifting of palleted, bagged and loose materials on site. "Used with pallet forks, the cage provides far better protection than the current catch nets. It can be loaded by forklift as well as hand and will also enable the safe lifting/ transfer of bulk material bags to high level. It will in the future be a standard lifting accessory on all BLL projects with tower cranes. It is available on hire from HTC," it said.
Meanwhile, a concrete frame trade contractor had a planned delivery to the project containing formwork equipment including shutters, props, beams and stillages. While unloading and trying to reposition a stillage on the east side of the vehicle, contact was made with two other stillages on the opposite side resulting in them falling from the vehicle and landing adjacent to the walkway. No injuries occurred and all work was immediately suspended pending a full investigation.