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09 December 2023

Nakheel becomes first master developer to endorse sector's health and safety initiative

Paul Bastian, Corporate Health and Safety Manager, Grahame McCaig-CEO of Build Safe UAE, Michael Nates, Nakheel Senior General Manager of Sustainability, Safety, Health & Environment, and Saeed AlSemaihi, Nakheel Health & Safety Training Manager, mark the endorsement at the Intersec Conference in Dubai on Sunday. (SUPPLIED)

By Staff Writer

Nakheel yesterday became the first master developer in Dubai to formally endorse the Build Safe UAE programme, the construction sector's health and safety initiative.

The developer said it places health and safety at the core of its business and has an in-house team of health and safety professionals working across the entire organisation's developments, which monitors and supports project management teams to ensure that these high standards are met across its projects.

The Build Safe UAE organisation was established to improve health, safety and welfare conditions in the construction industry through the free exchange and sharing of information. It aims to prevent accidents by raising awareness and communicating best practice and lessons learnt throughout the industry. As one of the largest developers in the UAE, Nakheel says it will be able to make a significant contribution to the programme.

Abdulrahman Kalantar, Managing Director, Design and Development of Nakheel, said: "The Build Safe UAE programme is completely aligned with our corporate values. By engaging with Build Safe UAE we will be able to further accelerate the understanding and adoption of good health and safety practices across all of our projects – and across the country. Running alongside the programmes we offer at the Nakheel Health, Safety, Quality & Environmental Training Centre, we hope to create a greater cohesion in the area of health and safety through this initiative."

Grahame McCaig, CEO of Build Safe UAE, said: "We are delighted to have Nakheel as the first master developer in Dubai to formally endorse the Build Safe UAE initiative." Nakheel's existing health and safety resources will be deployed to assist the Build Safe programme including the internationally accredited Nakheel Health, Safety, Quality and Environmental Training Centre.