The Public Works Authority's (Ashghal) Roads Projects Department (RPD) claimed eight international safety awards from the British Safety Council for the Local Areas Infrastructure Program projects in 2023, for the fourth year in a row.
The Roads and Infrastructure Project in Umm Slal (Package 1) won the International Safety Award with Distinction, which is considered the highest grade in this category. Five other projects won the International Safety Award with Merit, and they are: Roads and Infrastructure in Al Wajba East (Packages 1 & 3) with one nomination, Roads and Infrastructure in Al Mearad and Southwest of Muaither (Package 3), Roads and Infrastructure in Jeryan Nejaima, Roads and Infrastructure in Semaisma Village (Package 1), Roads and Infrastructure in Um Slal Ali, Um Ebairiya Village, South Um Al Amad and North Bu Fessela (Package 1). In addition, the Bu Samra Border Crossing Project and the Roads and Infrastructure Project in Al Mearad and Southwest of Muaither (Package 2) received the International Safety Award.
On this occasion, Roads Projects Department Manager, Eng. Saoud Al Tamimi, said: "This consecutive and distinctive win by Ashghal, one year after another, together with the Local Areas Infrastructure Programs, winning 8 international health and safety awards for the fourth year successively, prove the Authoritys success in reinforcing the principle of maintaining health and safety in its construction projects. It also reflects the Authoritys leading position in, and significant impact on, the Qatari construction sector in terms of spreading awareness and disseminating best Health & Safety practices."
Chief Executive Officer of the British Safety Council, Mike Robinson congratulated Ashghal on their success in winning this significant number of International Safety Awards, saying: "The British Safety Council applauds the Public Works Authority on their achievement. The award is in recognition of their commitment and hard work to keep their employees and workplaces free of injury, incidents, and ill health." He added: "The vision of the British Safety Council is that no-one should be injured or made ill through their work anywhere in the world. Achieving this requires more than complying with legislation; it means people committed not only to health and safety but also more and more to workplace wellbeing." It's worth mentioning that these eight awards which the Authority received from the Council will be added to its list of awards in the past three years, winning nine awards in 2022, 4 in 2021, and three in 2020, for the new and existing citizens subdivisions projects.
Over the last 65 years, the International Safety Awards scheme has been recognizing organizations from around the world, which have demonstrated their commitment to preventing workplace injuries and work-related ill health. These organizations are evaluated by the International Safety Awards independent judging panel.