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  • Expo 2020 Dubai today brought together contractors, sub-contractors, project managers, regulators and partners in Dubai for the first of a series of health, safety, quality and environment (HSQE) leadership events. The session heard from a variety of stakeholders including Expo 2020’s construction and health and safety team leaders as well as regulators Dubai Municipality and the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (MOHRE). It covered a wide selection of HSQE subjects related to the first World Expo to be held in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia (MEASA) region. Ahmed Al Khatib, Expo 2020 Dubai’s Senior Vice President for Real Estate and Delivery, told the conference that the health and safety of all workers on the site – which now number 15,000 – was a joint responsibility. He said: "This is about our collective commitment to do the right thing and to demonstrate leadership to all our teams to make sure the high standards Expo 2020 has set are enforced across the project." "The scale of the challenge facing us will grow greater and it is up to all of us to meet that challenge head on and to succeed." Tony Aikenhead, Chief Infrastructure and Delivery Officer at Expo 2020 Dubai added: "This is about providing leadership and a collective commitment to ensure that the high standards we have set at Expo 2020 are achieved. We are working very closely with all contractors and the Dubai authorities in a collaborative environment."

    The conference also heard from Redha Salman, Director of Health and Safety at Dubai Municipality; Issa Al Zarouni, Director of Inspections at MOHRE; Engineer Amin Ahmed, Director of the Dubai Central Laboratory, Dubai Municipality, Alya Al Harmudi, Dubai Municipality and Lieutenant Colonel Dr Sultan Al Jamal, who heads Dubai Police’s Human Trafficking Crimes Monitoring Centre.

    Dr. Sultan Al Jamal, Head of the Human Trafficking Crimes Monitoring Centre at Dubai Police said: "This is a team effort as we build on the work that we at Dubai Police have already achieved with Expo 2020 in ensuring the safety of workers on the site. This has also been done in collaboration with MOHRE, Dubai Municipality, and many others.

    "We are all in this together, supporting a global event that is of such major importance to Dubai and the UAE. We are all proud to be making this contribution."

    At peak, construction workers on the 4.38 sqkm site will number 35,000. Expo 2020 Dubai is on course to complete its shell and core construction a year before the World Expo opens on 20 October, 2020.

    To date, more than 14.5 million work hours have been completed on the Expo 2020 site.

    UAE-based companies are playing a leading role in the construction effort, including Al-Futtaim Carillion, Khansaheb, Orascom Besix, Arabtec, ALEC Engineering and Contracting, ASCG and Tristar Engineering, as well as Al Naboodah Construction.

    All major design elements are complete – the last being the iconic Al Wasl Plaza, a 150-metre wide, 67.5-metre tall domed space that will be enjoyed by millions of visitors. Laing-O’Rourke will develop Al Wasl and two surrounding buildings. The development of Al Wasl Plaza will be managed by Meraas, with the steel work for the dome trellis provided by Cimolai-Rimond ME.

    The three theme districts are also progressing well. External cladding work on the three theme pavilions has begun and will be completed by the end of this year.


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    The eternal battle is production versus safety, and at the very center of this is lockout, or better – avoiding lockout. The complaint, by both production and maintenance is that locking out equipment takes too long, or if they lockout, getting the machine back on line could be difficult. They will also argue that the machines have interlock controls that provide effective levels of protection and allow workers to efficiently (and safely) complete their work. The truth: maybe, maybe not.

    Interlock systems (machine sensors)

    An interlock is a device that will prevent one element from changing (moving), due to a state in another element. Interlocks in the work setting include electromagnetic switches, RFID proximity switches, light curtains, trap key interlock’s, etc. Interlocks open control circuits but do not isolate equipment from hazardous energy.

    A good example to understand interlock is to examine your home washing machine. Washing machines have limit switches (newer models have both limit switches and lid locks) that would not allow the washing machine to run if the lid was in the open position. Raise your hand if as a child growing up you used a pen or a pencil (maybe your finger) to push that limit switch and watch the washing machine go around (author hand in the air). The limit switch (interlock safety device) keeps the machine from moving, but does it isolate it from the energy source? The limit switch does not unplug the electrical cord and turn the cold and hot water valves to the off position. And under the right circumstances (accidentally pushing down on the limit switch with your hand), the interlock can fail in its purpose and activate the machine

    Interlocks have been used for decades and are one of the most misunderstood and improperly used safety devices installed on equipment. Their intended use, reliability and integrity from a safety perspective has evolved, where now there are Category 1, 2, 3 and 4 systems. These safety devices were to prevent accidents. They do not provide the equivalent level of protection that lockout provides, which is the OSHA standard. In our example of the washing machine, in terms of current OSHA language, as a child I was bypassing a guard and defeating a safety device. Technically, these are now considered Category 1 Interlock Controls. Similar devices are used every day under the guise of providing effective protection against the expected (or unexpected) start up or release of hazardous energy. Sadly, workers are injured and killed every year due to the failure or misuse of these perceived safety devices.

    Interlock systems applied

    Your company has Machine “X”, which is currently guarded by Plexiglas around all working parts, with interlocked access doors for workers to access. Operators are charged daily with clearing jams during their shift, which requires the worker to open an interlocked access door. This will stop the machine from running and allow the worker to clear the jam. When completed, the worker closes the door and the machine returns to normal operation.

    This scenario plays out every day in companies across the United States and yet, this is in violation of the OSHA standard if the accidental energization of the machine would create a hazard for the worker. Machine “X” is still energized, and we are asking the worker to bypass a guard (they reach through the plane of the Plexiglas), place part of their body in the danger zone or at the point of operation. In this case, lockout should be applied because of the nature of the task and the measures of control in place. These types of interlocks are installed to protect workers in case they were suddenly exposed (door is opened) to an area where body parts should be placed. Over time, these interlocks have been integrated (wrongly) into the daily routines and tasks of production and maintenance where sentiment is that this is “safe” and “compliant.” Neither is true.

    These types of task are often repeated several times per shift, to several times per hour. If the worker was to lockout the machine each time, they would spend a large amount of their work day locking the machine out and then returning to service. OSHA leaves it to the employer to determine (and document) what is acceptable in terms of protection when it comes to Alternative Measures of Control. The ANZI Z244.1 standard has recently provided in its 2017 update some guidance on how to determine if the Interlock Control Devices provide equivalent level of protection.

    Much has advanced in the technology, reliability and integrity of Interlock systems over the past two decades. The industry has seen the development and deployment of Category 3 and Category 4 Interlock Control Devices. These systems have been proven to increase productivity (uptime) and decrease lockout (downtime), but they do come with a requirement of significant investment in time and resource to install, implement and maintain, and still do not meet OSHA requirements. From the scenario on Machine X, it would be a wise investment to install an interlock system to save a few minutes, several times an hour — which then does increase your production uptime AND protect your workers from hazardous energy.

    Too often we find ourselves in conversations with customers who are looking for solutions to avoid lockout as a means to increase production uptime. The majority of the industry has equipment that requires three or fewer locks/devices to achieve a zero-energy state. There is a good argument to use Interlock Control Devices in a particular industry, with particular equipment and involving particular tasks. Invest and protect wisely for true gains in uptime and worker safety.


    Falls remain a persistent cause of work-related death, and workers in construction and oil and gas extraction are more likely than other workers to die from falling, according to National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) research published in the American Journal of Industrial Medicine.

    Investigators analyzed fatal falls using records from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries. To estimate the rates of fatal falls in different occupations and groups of workers, they used population estimates from the BLS Current Population Survey. They identified 8,880 worker deaths from falls at work from 2003 to 2014. Most of these falls occurred in construction and oil and gas extraction when a worker fell from a higher to a lower level, rather than from falls on the same level. Most of the deaths were among men, who died from work-related falls more than 4 times as often as women. In addition, older workers were more likely to die from a fall at work than younger workers were. The highest death rate was among workers age 65 and older, although the majority of the fatal falls were among 45 to 54 year olds. The study also found differences by place of birth and race. Workers born in another country had a higher rate of fatal falls to a lower level. The highest rate of fatal falls occurred among Hispanic workers compared to white (non-Hispanic) workers.

    These findings highlight the importance of collaboration to prevent work-related falls through compliance with safety regulations, prevention through design to create safe workplaces, and worker training. With the goal of prevention, NIOSH and its partners relaunched the National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction this month, and NIOSH investigators continue to study where and how falls occur.


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    Safety managers must ensure that workers of all ages stay safe. However, millennials — those born between 1982 and 1997, and expected to make up half the world’s workforce by 2020 — pose a special challenge.

    Because of their relative lack of seniority, millennials may be relegated to less desirable jobs, or to temporary assignments. This means that they may suffer from a deficit of training. To make matters worse, their lack of experience may mean they have not yet had time to develop a healthy respect for all the safety risks presented by their working environments. It’s not surprising that millennial workers appear to suffer more workplace injuries than other age groups. In hazardous industrial environments, the risk could be even greater.

    However, there’s hopeful news. The simultaneous arrival of new safety technologies may well render this tech-savvy generation surprisingly easy to “sell” on safe job site habits.

    The appeal of the app

    Millennial workers (like many of their older counterparts) often lack the patience to page through a paper manual. But smartphones or tablets definitely hold their attention, via instant access and simple, intuitive interfaces.

    So manufacturers increasingly offer smartphone apps to accompany leading safety equipment. For example, devices are documented in on-demand mobile training apps — with graphic simulations of their use and safety features. These can be downloaded and displayed on iOS or Android phones with a few swipes of the worker’s thumb.

    The virtues of VR

    Another recent development in training technology: virtual reality (VR) education. It’s an experience that millennials especially seem to enjoy. Workers can now don a VR helmet or goggles, and perhaps gloves, to practice safe working procedures in an immersive 3D space. This can strengthen the muscle memory of performing actions correctly, while the realism and emotional impact of an exciting VR experience helps fix the lesson in memory for the long term.

    The advantage of video

    The YouTube approach isn’t just for pop music and sneezing pandas. Employers and equipment makers are turning to live video recordings to reach workers such as millennials, who consult real-time video tutorials for instruction in many other facets of life. So why not for on-the-job safety?

    Tasks such as engaging a machine’s safety governor; snapping a fall harness onto a guiderail; choosing the right welding glasses; correctly fitting and using hearing protection; or running through a safety checklist may be recorded live, via camcorder or even smartphone. Commentary explaining the action step by step can be voiced on the spot, or added later. This capability contributes a flexibility and immediacy that few other training methods share. Connected worker benefits

    Connectivity technology further enhances the safety of the modern worker. Manufacturers who embed scannable RFID chips, sensors and other connected elements into their safety harnesses, wearable gas detectors, gloves, and other personal protective equipment (PPE) thus create smart PPE. Using cloud-based data transmission and storage, real-time information can be collected from an entire ecosystem of PPE and made available to stakeholders across the enterprise.

    At a minimum, a smartphone or tablet can then be used to ascertain any given PPE item’s serial number. But many manufacturers today also make provision for a scan to reveal additional data.

    The face of the future

    Users can soon expect to see even more advanced adoptions of millennial-friendly safety technologies.

    Augmented reality (AR) — which now allows gamers to visualize Pokemon Go characters within real-world environments — could “float” task-specific information or checklists right in front of workers, adding a dimension beyond VR safety training. More generally, apps and touchscreens should proliferate, making safety measures easier to access and execute for all workers. These technologies will connect to more — and even more innovative — implementations of smart PPE and connected safety software.

    For example, wireless near field communication (NFC) capabilities — which allow a card or smartphone to establish ID when waved within 4 cm of a terminal — could be added to eyewear, fall protection gear, hardhats, etc. So workers could access each item’s maintenance/replacement dates, or where it can/should be worn in the plant. Another advance: wearable micro-sensors could let managers continually monitor every worker’s health and safety variables. These might include noise levels, radiation exposures, and perhaps even posture or acceleration impacts.

    In the slightly longer term, look for voice recognition and artificial intelligence to further transform the safety space. In the coming years, all these technologies should help guide today’s millennials into a significantly safer working world.


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