Khansaheb announces significant safety milestone at University of Birmingham Dubai

The new University of Birmingham Dubai campus will eventually be home for up to 2,900 students

A significant safety milestone has been achieved at the under-construction University of Birmingham Dubai, contractor Khansaheb has announced. The contractor said it has clocked more than four million work-hours without a lost-time incident (LTI).

According to a statement, the achievement reflects successful implementation of the highest health, safety, and environment (HSE) procedures and puts the construction project on track for completion in Q3 with 100% of structural works already finished.

Rigorous measures have been adopted to ensure the safety of the more-than 6,000 workers deployed to deliver the campus in Dubai’s largest academic ecosystem, home to more than 27,000 students from over 100 countries, the contractor stated.

“The safety milestones marked in the construction of the new University of Birmingham Dubai campus have been remarkable, not just due to the unique environment we currently operate in, but because the project itself involves such intricate levels of attention to detail,” said Mohammad Abdullah, managing director of Dubai International Academic City and Dubai Knowledge Park.

Khansaheb is said to have implemented stringent HSE protocols in partnership with the university and the Dubai International Academic City. These include working with third-party operators, machines and equipment to deliver complex and potentially dangerous work at high and low heights, such as façade fixing, MEP services, plastering, and gypsum application, it noted.

Prof David Sadler, the provost of University of Birmingham Dubai added, “This milestone is an important step forward in the construction of the University of Birmingham Dubai’s iconic new campus and a testament to the collaborative manner in which this is taking shape. It not only reflects Khansahab’s strong commitment to the highest safety protocols but excellent planning and execution. We look forward to opening the doors to our innovative new building to students in Dubai International Academic City, which is a vibrant destination for learning, and providing a first-class British education to thousands of students.”

As part of the safety measures, dedicated pedestrian access has been created for workers, staff, and visitors at the new campus to minimise man-machine interface, reducing incident probability. As even minor heights may cause severe accidents, industrial hop-ups have been provided for all high-access work. Bi-weekly maintenance services, constant atmospheric inspections around manholes, regular job rotations, good lighting and cooling in work areas, and strict barricading ensure that the construction site is safe and secure, Khansaheb concluded.


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