Thursday, June 1, 2017

ACC wins top safety awards for UAE projects

Arabian Construction Company (ACC), a leading builder in the Middle East and North Africa (Mena) region, has won four international safety awards for its projects in the UAE from the British Safety Council.

The Merit Awards were presented to the company for its work at Meena Tower and the ACC Plant Department in Abu Dhabi, and Fountain Views and Sky View in Dubai.

Now in its 59th year, the International Safety Awards recognise and celebrate organisations from around the world that have demonstrated their commitment to preventing workplace injuries and work-related ill health during the previous calendar year.

ACC said it employs a risk-based approach in the planning and implementation of all its projects, seeking ways to eliminate accidents, injury and illnesses, save energy, and minimise material wastage to prevent pollution.

The company's plant department in Abu Dhabi was the only UAE plant to have been recognised with an International Safety Award and the company’s Meena Tower project has been acknowledged by the Council for the first time this year.

Furthermore, Meena Tower was also shortlisted for the Sector Award for Construction and Property Services, it stated.

ACC pointed out that these recently acquired awards add to the company’s growing list of achievements in health and safety, as its Fountain Views project has previously been awarded the title in 2015 and 2016, and Sky View in 2016.

On the win, Mohammad Bidad, the group HSE manager, said: "We are pleased to have been acknowledged by the British Safety Council once again this year, as these respected awards contribute to our proven track record in health and safety."

"To achieve ongoing success in this area, we take stringent measures to eliminate risks in the workplace, including ongoing training to ensure that our employees and sub-contractors can carry out their work safely. Senior management frequently visits ACC’s project sites to communicate health and safety standards to teams, who are proactively involved in monitoring and reporting new hazards," stated Bidad.

"We believe that it is the responsibility of every ACC employee to foster a rigorous health and safety culture at all times," he added.

Mike Robinson, the chief executive of the British Safety Council, lauding ACC on its big win, said: "The award is in recognition of ACC’s commitment and effort to keep their employees and workplaces free of injury and ill health."

"Sensible and proportionate management of health and safety risks at work brings lasting benefits for workers, their families, businesses and society as a whole. By celebrating and sharing the achievements of the winners of the International Safety Awards, we encourage businesses all over the world to follow their lead and place employees’ health and safety at the heart of their business," he added.-TradeArabia News Service

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