Qatar working round the clock to ensure safety of over 1mn fans during the mega sporting event: SC's health and safety manager
Director of Occupational Safety and Health Department at the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy (SC) Eng Abdullah al-Bishri said that the SC has paid great attention to health and safety since Qatar won the honour of hosting the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022. This was positively reflected in the completion of eight World Cup stadiums, and the progress of work in record time, taking into account the safety of everyone who worked on these projects.
In a statement to Qatar News Agency (QNA), al-Bishri said that the focus during the construction and start-up phase was on the safety of nearly 90,000 workers. In the past years, they worked on stadium projects and training grounds, but now the focus will be on nearly 1mn fans in many places, such as stadiums, buses, malls, metro, hotels, event venues and crowd gathering. And this requires the solidarity and co-operation of all partners in the country.
At the venues, a general risk assessment -- the fire system on the site, the activation of the evacuation plan, how to report accidents or any source of danger, and checking all entry and exit gates -- is carried out, al-Bishri said. This includes ensuring the safety of all the project floors and stairs, along with a joint health and safety inspection with the Civil Defence, the ambulance service and the facility management.
He said that there are many projects that will be monitored through the tournament's main operations centre, the Aspire Command and Control Center and the site operations centre, and there is 24-hour supervision for health and safety personnel at critical sites. Al-Bishri added that the main objective of the health and safety team is to create a healthy and positive work environment and apply all preventive controls to ensure the safety of people and property in the projects, which contributed to reaching record numbers.
The accident rate in World Cup projects was 0.02, which is a low rate if it is compared to major international projects and previous tournaments, he added. He pointed out that the keenness to implement all health and safety standards in World Cup projects enabled SC to obtain the gold certification from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents. In the construction phase, he said, they have reached 30mn working hours without accidents at Al Thumama Stadium, as well as 20mn working hours at Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium.
Regarding meetings held by SC with internal partners in the country to ensure the safety of the masses, al-Bishri said that periodic meetings with partners in the country were held, including Hamad International Port, Qatar Airways, Hamad International Airport, Ooredoo, Ministry of Transport, Qatar Rail, Qatar Museums, Ministry of Tourism, Private Engineering Office, Aspire, Civil Defence, and the Security Committee.
He said that Qatar is one of the safest countries, which was confirmed by global indicators such as the report of the 'Global Finance' magazine in 2021, where the country ranked first in the Arab world and third globally, adding that SC promises the masses a unique tournament that combines exciting football competitions with exciting entertainment events. (QNA)
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