Wednesday, June 24, 2009

RTA Kicks Off a Campaign to Enlighten Metro Workers to Beat Summer Heat

RTA Kicks Off a Campaign to Enlighten Metro Workers to Beat Summer Heat

Roads & Transport Authority (RTA) organized a campaign to overcome the blaze of the summer, in coordination with partners; the Consultants and Contractors of Dubai Metro Project. The Campaign comes in the context of RTA commitment to promote health and occupational safety and diffuse the culture of occupational safety among all workers deployed at various construction projects undertaken by the RTA.

In a gathering with a large number of workers at Dubai Metro Project site, H.E. Mattar Al Tayer, Chairman of the Board and Executive Director of RTA, paid tribute to the efforts made by all workers towards delivering this project which will be a landmark in the emirate of Dubai and a remarkable addition to the glittering array of pioneer projects in Dubai.

“I was keen to accompany with me in this tour Essa Abdullah Al Ghurair (Vice President of ETA Star Holding LLC), Abdul Majeed Al Khaja (CEO of Rail Agency) and several departmental Directors & key executives of the project contractor Dubai Rapid Link, to say thank you for your dedication and good job done in delivering the project on the preset time. RTA commends your work for extended hours; particularly during daytime under soaring temperatures, and will remain always keen on providing a healthy environment for labourers at all sites”.

H.E. Mattar Al Tayer, accompanied by Essa Al Ghurair and Abdul Majeed Al Khaja, distributed water bottles to workers at Rashidiya Station as part of a campaign aiming at educating Dubai Metro manpower on the best means to beat summer heat through adopting proper health practices and enlightening them on the risks resulting from heat strain.

Al Tayer added: “The Campaign covers several work sites at Dubai Metro Project, where more than 10,000 workers will take part. Workers received more than 12,000 water bottles supplied by Aquafina Mineral Co.; one of the Campaign sponsors. The Campaign will run for a week and Rail Agency employees will take part in a number of activities including distribution of water, refreshments and dehydration salts among workers at various construction sites of Dubai Metro Project”.

The Campaign illustrates RTA commitment towards implementing health and occupational safety locally and globally through educating manpower on the injuries and risks resulting from heat strain. This will be highlighted in awareness campaigns, continuous site inspection visits and publication of educative leaflets for this end.

It is worth-mentioning that RTA will run this Campaign across all affiliated agencies. Moreover, it will print posters of the Campaign to beat summer heat, and will also coordinate with media in transmitting awareness messages about the risks of summer heat and how to overcome the cases of heat strain.

- Mattar Al Tayer speaking to Dubai Metro workers
- Matter Al Tayer distributing water bottles to workers

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