Safety in the Workplace
Health & safety is the number one priority on all Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC) construction sites.
Every person employed on an SC project deserves a workplace where there are systems in place to protect them while they carry out their job. We also have a duty to educate our workers, who may never have experienced safety regulations like those we expect them to adhere to. It's our aim to instill confidence in our workers.
To achieve this, our Workers' Welfare team dedicates a huge amount of time to a process called Safety in Design, which aims to minimise risks for workers by preventing accidents before they happen. The team works with all parties at the conceptual stage of stadium design to achieve this.
What is the SC responsible for?
We oversee all matters relating to health & safety on our projects. Ultimately, the SC is responsible for ensuring our contractors have safety systems in place to protect our workers. All companies who operate in Qatar must adhere to the Qatar Construction Standards 2014 (QCS 2014). These guidelines are based on UK industry standards. The SC is proud to go above and beyond these guidelines to guarantee our contractors are achieving what they should. Our overarching goal is to work safely and deliver amazing, to ensure workers are protected through the entire lifecycle of a stadium: in construction, during use and for any deconstruction post-2022.
Looking beyond the construction of stadiums, the SC has a mandate to ensure that a health & safety legacy is left behind.
What are we doing and what have we achieved?
The SC's approach involves encouraging our contractors to understand they can achieve the high standards set to protect our workforce. We strive to change the safety culture on our sites through the implementation of our standards and by educating contractors and workers.
We constantly engage with our contractors to share knowledge. Safety experts rotate across all of our construction sites, offering different perspectives on what can be done better. It's an approach that guards against potential oversights, while encouraging best practice based on the recommendations of a range of experts.
Worksite safety has been a continuous journey for the SC since construction began in 2014. The numbers of workers on SC sites continues to rise. Despite that increase, the accident rate has dropped thanks to the continuing health & safety improvements on our projects.
The SC uses a tailored, web-based system called Intelex to report site health & safety incidents and occurrences, as per Qatar's legal requirements. The system, which is based on the UK's Reportable Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulation (RIDDOR) system, ensures that the SC is able to record, investigate and document all accidents and incidents via incident reports and close-out forms – a mechanism used to demonstrate when an incident is considered resolved.
One of our most important achievements has been the SC's incident investigations procedure. This mechanism has three main elements:
• Incident notification
• Incident investigation
• Incident final reporting
Part of this procedure involves obtaining witness statements and conducting follow-up interviews to corroborate existing evidence and/ or identify possible contributing factors.
Workers building stadiums for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ have already begun a bespoke training initiative that will enhance their understanding and awareness of health & safety matters. The training also targets contractors' medical staff, to ensure they are fully prepared to handle any medical or health issues that arise. This is being rolled out to all workers on SC projects in partnership with the Qatar International Safety Centre (QISC).
In 2019, the SC had carried out 501 construction audits, over 2,000 hours.
In 2018, the SC carried out 560 audits across 25 construction sites. Our Audit & Compliance team spent 2,240 hours auditing contractors on SC sites, ensuring high health & safety standards.
In 2017, the SC carried out 534 audits across 21 construction sites. We spent more than 2,100 hours auditing contractors to ensure health & safety was at optimum levels.
In 2016, more than 1,000 hours were spent inspecting construction sites, with 128 different visits carried out.
As of January 2020, the accident frequency rate (AFR) on SC sites is 0.03 accidents per 10,000 people on site. In the UK, the average AFR is 0.07 accidents per 10,000 people.
Our health & safety experts have identified a strategy of empowering workers to improve confidence.
One example of this occurred during the early stages of construction on Al Thumama Stadium, where a truck driver couldn't see a colleague who he knew was operating as a traffic coordinator, known as a “flagman”. The flagman has the task of telling the drivers when they can safely move and when they cannot. The flagman would not have been able to see the driver in the truck's mirrors, meaning that the driver couldn't see him either.
The driver stopped his truck, climbed out and explained this to his colleague. The driver told the flagman that where he stood would have a direct impact on his safety. As a result, his efforts were relayed to management and the driver was given special recognition for taking the time to educate a colleague on health & safety.