Worksite injuries – Authorities urge companies to adhere to rules

Worksite injuries – Authorities urge companies to adhere to rules

The increasing number of injuries, deaths and other casualties occurring among workers involved at construction sites has caused authorities in Sharjah and Ajman to voice their concerns on the same. These incidents happen in spite of the regular inspections carried out by the Sharjah municipality because sometimes companies can fall behind when it comes to implementing the rules that are in place to protect workers employed at worksites.

The causes of the injuries and deaths among workers at worksites include a range of factors like inhalation of harmful substances, electrocution, getting caught in machinery, falling from tall buildings and heavy objects falling on workers’ heads. An official at the Sharjah Municipality said that companies would be well advised to take adequate measures to ensure that their building equipment is safe.

Although there are no viable statistics available to verify the exact number of casualties at worksites, hospitals report admitting four to 10 workers for injuries on a weekly basis. These injuries include both major and minor ones and sometimes include a few fatalities. To combat the increasing casualties in worksites, the municipalities, police department and other authorities have implemented stringent guidelines to make the companies accountable for their workers’ safety. Additionally, the frequency of monitoring and inspection of worksites have been bolstered.