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Workers at a construction site. For illustrative purposes only. Image Credit: Virendra Saklani/Gulf News Archives

Dubai: Authorities in Abu Dhabi have issued fines and warnings to a number of worksites over the last three days as part of its efforts to ensure the safety of workers across the emirate. 

The inspection, which was carried out across the city of Abu Dhabi, included Saadiyat Island, Khalifa City, Shakhbout City and Mohammad Bin Zayed City.

According to a statement, Abu Dhabi Municipality issued 44 fines and 199 warnings against construction sites that compromised the health and safety of workers.

The violations found at sites in Abu Dhabi included:

  1. Failure to secure the entrance of the construction site
  2. Unsafe work on the highlands
  3. Neglect of installing a temporary wall at the site
  4. The randomly storage of materials
  5. Dumping of waste in a way that constitutes an obstacle for the workers
  6. The non-maintenance of fire prevention equipment and devices.

“This campaign strives to provide a safe and healthy work environment for workers and to ensure compliance with the requirements of the municipality and the Abu Dhabi Occupational Safety and Health Centre,” said Abu Dhabi Municipality.

Last March, Gulf News reported that a crane collapsed at a worksite in Abu Dhabi and damaged seven cars parked in the vicinity.

The tower crane collapsed while it was being lifted by a smaller crane at a worksite located in Al Zahiyah area (formerly known as Tourist Club area), off Hamdan Bin Mohammad Street.

The tower crane and its boom had reportedly been much heavier than the smaller crane that was lifting it.