The Public Works Authority's Citizens subdivisions and existing areas’ infrastructure projects bag four International Safety Awards
The Citizens Subdivisions and Existing Areas Infrastructure Projects of the Public Works Authority (Ashghal) have won four International Safety Awards from the British Safety Council. The awards, according to an Ashghal statement, come in recognition of their commitment to keeping workers and workplaces healthy and safe during the 2020 calendar year.
Projects Al Kharaitiyat and Izghawa (Package 3), Al-Wajba East (Package 1) and Duhail South and Umm Lekhba, (Package 1), were presented with an International Safety Award with a Distinction while Al-Meshaf South Project (Package 1)was awarded the International Safety Award with a Merit.
Engineer Saoud al-Tamimi, manager of Roads Projects Department (RPD), said the awards reflect Ashghal’s commitment to Health and Safety (H&S) in its construction projects and the leading position that Ashghal plays in the Qatari construction industry in terms of spreading awareness and best H&S practices. "This is of great importance to RPD especially that we rely on local contractors and co-operate with them closely to raise the performance in our worksites which consequently will relay these best practices to other projects in the country, " he explained.
For the last 63 years, the International Safety Awards scheme has been recognising and celebrating organisations from around the world, which have demonstrated their commitment to preventing workplace injuries and work-related ill health. Mike Robinson, chief executive of the British Safety Council, congratulated Ashghal on its success in winning three International Safety Awards with a Distinction and one with a Merit.
Engineer Ali Abdullatif al-Misnad, who represents National ICC and Al Ghanim Joint Venture (JV), expressed his pleasure after Al Kharaitiyat and Izghawa Project (Package 3) won the International Safety Award. He stressed that this award was the culmination of effective co-operation between the JV staff and Ashghal along with their mutual keenness to ensure the safety of both workers and residents.
Nawaf Jassim al-Jaidah, managing director of Jaidah Holdings, owner of Medgulf Construction Company, which is currently implementing South Al Meshaf Project (Package 1) jointly with Sacyr Construction, expressed his gratitude to the British Safety Council for granting the International Safety Award to the project.
Engineer Rabii Samir Makhoul, executive director of Petroserv Limited and Roadbridge Civil and Building Contractors JV, which are currently executing Duhail South and Umm Lekhba Project (Package 1), said that the British Safety Council Award won by the project is an appreciation and recognition of the achievements of the project team, engineers and Ashghal’s officials who worked hard to make safety in workplace a joint mission and one of the top priorities, and managed to make it everyone's responsibility.
Satish Pillai, executive director of Galfar Al Misnad Engineering and Contracting, which is executing Al Wajba East Project (Package 1), expressed his appreciation for Ashghal and its efforts to direct the contractors and companies executing projects to ensure that the highest safety standards are in place in Ashghal's projects.
The Roads and Infrastructure project in Al Kharaitiyat & Izghawa (Package 3) commenced construction in January 2019 and achieved 3.7mn lost-time injury (LTI) free man-hours in 2020. The project employs around 715 workers hired by its main contractor and their subcontractors. The project covers a network of urban roadways extending to 42km approximately. The main works include upgrading several arterial and collector roads, diversion and protection of existing electricity and water networks in addition to construction of a new foul sewer, treated sewage effluent (TSE) and storm water/groundwater drainage network. The works also include installation of street lighting, provision of car parking slots as well as traffic signals and directional signage.
The Roads and Infrastructure Project in Al-Wajba East (Package 1) commenced in June 2020 and achieved 0.75mn LTI free man-hours in 2020, with 275 employed by the main contractor. The project will deliver 17km of roads and aims at providing full infrastructure including pedestrian and cycle paths, car parking slots, street lighting, surface and ground water drainage, foul sewer, TSE system, and utilities including telecommunication networks, potable water and electricity networks.
The Roads and Infrastructure Project in Duhail South & Umm Lekhba (Package 1) was awarded in February 2020. The project achieved 1.2mn LTI free man-hours and it employs 700 workers. The project will develop a network of roads and pedestrian and cycle paths as well as upgrade the infrastructure utilities’ services such as the foul sewer network, surface and groundwater network and TSE network.
The Roads and Infrastructure Project in Al-Meshaf South (Package 1) started in June 2019, employing 850 workers on the project. The project has completed 2.6mn man hours without an LTI since the beginning of the Project. The project will deliver full infrastructure including roads, pedestrian and cycle paths and street lighting as well as foul sewer network, TSE and surface and groundwater lines.