Landmark safety milestone for Al Rayyan Stadium
The major construction safety landmark, which means no injuries that have caused work on-site to be stopped have occurred in over five million hours worked, was celebrated with a ceremony led by Project Manager Abdullah Al Fehani and the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC) Health, Safety, Security and Environment (HSSE) team.
More than 2,700 people currently work at Al Rayyan Stadium – a proposed host venue for the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar™ – each day ahead of a mid-2019 completion date. Speaking as he awarded certificates to the contractors leading work on-site, Al Fehani said: "This is a major achievement that everyone working on-site should be proud of. Not only is it good for every one of us who gets to work in a safe environment, but enhanced health and safety also represents the real legacy of this World Cup that our HSSE team works hard to create."
Yasir Al Jamal, Vice Chairman of the Technical Delivery Office, and Youssif Al Musleh, Competition Venues Executive Director, both attended the ceremony to pass on their congratulations for realising such an achievement. They were also both given a tour of the site, where sub- and super-structure works are now progressing.
They commended the rapid progress being made in such a safe working environment. "Safety is paramount on our sites but this is an achievement we should all take a moment to appreciate," the Vice Chairman explained. "To reach such a milestone while making such rapid progress on-site is testament to the skill and dedication of everyone here and I want to thank you personally for your efforts."
In addition to the ceremony, on-site HSSE officers held a safety day to further embed safe working practices within the work force. Workshop sessions covered working at height, first aid, fire safety training – and an updated power tool training from managers.
Nigel Valvona, SC Site Construction Health & Safety Programme Manager, emphasised that safety continues to be a top priority for the SC, with over 83 million man-hours worked across all projects so far and an accident frequency rate of just 0.04 (0.03 over the last 12 months).
He added: "Our mandate to 'Work safe, Deliver Amazing' guides us, but it's the work put in by the guys on-site day in, day out that makes these achievements possible. We've worked over 65 million hours on-site across the programme to-date, which is a major achievement in itself. But to do so with such a low accident frequency rate – lower even than building sites in some western nations – is something we should all be proud of and celebrate."
Certificates praising their achievements were handed out to Al Balagh Trading & Contracting Co. W.L.L. and Larsen & Toubro Limited, both Main Contractor Joint Venture Partners, as well as Louis Berger, Construction Supervision Consultant, and AECOM, Project Management Consultants.
Al Rayyan Stadium, located approximately 20km west of Doha, will be a 40,000-seater stadium during the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar™, hosting matches up to and including the quarter-finals.
After the tournament, almost half of the stadium's 40,000 modular seats will be removed and given to football development projects abroad. The smaller post-tournament arena will enable popular Qatar Stars League side Al Rayyan to maintain the intense passion its fans are famous for.