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Old January 24th, 2006, 11:53 AM   #21
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well it is hard to build a 40Tower complex in such a small area and such a short period of time without that issues and without accidents.
but agree, more has to be done in this field by the municipality.
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Old January 24th, 2006, 04:22 PM   #22
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Are we all becoming numb to the numbers?

In the league table of excuses given to construction workers by their bosses for not paying them on time, the one reported in a recent edition of the Kuwait-based Arab Times, must take the cake.

It was a story about 100 Chinese labourers who were owed eight months in unpaid wages.

Unfortunately, we have all become a bit anaesthetized to stories such as this one.

Newspapers throughout the Gulf carry reports about pay disputes involving construction workers almost every day.

The only difference between them usually, is how much money is owed and how many workers it is owed to.

But the reason given for not paying these labourers the money that was owed to them, is deserving of a special mention.

After taking their protest to the Chinese ambassador last week, the men were approached by a representative of their employer who informed them that if they had read the small print of their contracts, they would know that they were not due to be paid any wages at all for two years. Yes, that’s right — two years!

While the 100 Chinese workers in Kuwait struggled to get paid, around 1500 south Asian workers took to the streets in Sharjah — some of them owed up to four months in unpaid wages.

If the governments of the region continue to allow labour agents to withhold wages owed to construction workers it is up to the industry to ensure that those labour agents are not repeatedly given business — otherwise it amounts to tacit support of what can only be described as despicably exploitative recruitment practices.

Another story that the industry here has become anaesthetized to is the health and safety of site workers.

Perhaps the most alarming thing about the statistics released this week by Dubai Municipality is not the number of deaths themselves (although they are shockingly high for one city), but the number of people killed as a result of falls from height — 22 from a total of 39 deaths. Are harnesses and edge protection really that expensive?
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Old January 24th, 2006, 06:52 PM   #23
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39 for the whole year?

i don't want to sound rude but considering all that construction in dubai it is not that bad, but 22 of them falling from height is riddiculous they could really care about that.
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Old January 26th, 2006, 09:20 AM   #24
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One death is one too many regardless of what we are creating here. As an OH&S prefessional, every death can be avoided. There is no such thing as an industrial accident especially given the profitability of the construction companies and developers here.
It was good to hear the the government has announced a purge on the safety aspects on all sites in the UAE. Of course, this will keep both inspectors very busy!!!!!!!!
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Old January 26th, 2006, 01:26 PM   #25
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agree with you. but still this happens everywhere, no matter how many regulations etc there are.
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Old February 3rd, 2006, 12:38 PM   #26
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HI thx for the replies

So if i was to come to dubai offering onsite safety systems, do you think id get much work or do you think it would be a waste of time

because contractors are not going to pay for safety measures if they dont have to, im coming to dubai in the next couple of weeks so i'll get a better idea then. just thought id ask
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Old February 3rd, 2006, 05:08 PM   #27
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just try it, possibilites for improvement can be found everywhere, no doubt.
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Old February 3rd, 2006, 05:34 PM   #28
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Here is a "dangerous" pic. The people are around 15m over ground.

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Old February 5th, 2006, 09:19 AM   #29
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agree with you. but still this happens everywhere, no matter how many regulations etc there are.


Remember that not a single worker died during the construction of the Chrysler Building...and that was 77 years ago.
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Old February 9th, 2006, 05:46 PM   #30
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Perhaps the most alarming thing about the statistics released this week by Dubai Municipality is not the number of deaths themselves (although they are shockingly high for one city), but the number of people killed as a result of falls from height — 22 from a total of 39 deaths. Are harnesses and edge protection really that expensive?


where did ya find these stats mate?

ive looked on the Dubai Municipality site and cant really find what im looking for

i cant even find the stats you quoted cos im looking for previous years too

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