1. New from OSHA: Trenching safety resources

    Washington — OSHA has released an updated QuickCard and a public service announcement video intended to raise awareness of trenching safety, after a recent increase in trench-related worker deaths.

    According to the agency, 23 construction workers were killed in trench collapses in 2016, surpassing the combined total from 2014 and 2015.

    The QuickCard directs workers to avoid entering trenches until:

  2. A competent person performs an inspection.
  3. Cave-in protection and safe means of entry and exit are established.
  4. Equipment and materials are cleared from the edge.
  5. Standing water and atmospheric hazards are removed.

    The resource also outlines the “slope it, shore it, shield it” approach to trench protective systems, which must be in place when trenches are 5 feet or deeper – unless the excavation occurs
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  • 4th Middle East Safety Summit to go ahead in October in Riyadh

    The General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA), in collaboration with the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), will organise the Fourth Middle East Safety Summit from 2-3 of October 2018 in the capital city of Riyadh.
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  • Experts call for smart, safe and sustainable buildings

    Leading regional decision makers and experts have called for the development of smart, safe and sustainable buildings across the Middle East region at a key industry event held in Dubai.

    The Middle East Facades Summit was held on the sidelines of the third edition of Windows Doors & Facades (WDF), largest dedicated event for sector, which kicked off on September 23.

    The three-day event was inaugurated by Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, the managing director and chief executive of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa).

    On its first day, WDF gathered to its Middle East Facades Summit hundreds of high profile professionals from the private and government sectors involved in the planning and execution of some of the largest projects in the region.

    More than 150 exhibitors from 14 different countries, including Germany, India, Italy, Korea, Spain, Turkey, UAE and United Kingdom showcased their innovative products at the event.

    Themed “Future F

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  • Designing a multi-hazard FR PPE program for petroleum refineries

    Expect the Unexpected
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  • UAE scores 65/100 in Ventures ME study of business sentiment in the market

    Survey finds UAE construction industry is generally positive on short term prospects
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  • UAE Construction Confidence Index

    There is a general positive sentiment about the market conditions based on 7 averaged weighted scores

    Press Release


    Ventures Middle East Market Research Division in association to Ventures ONSITE Project Intelligence Platform have conducted a study to generate the Construction Confidence Index (CCI) which summarizes the general sentiment of the construction sector in a time series.

    Given the unpredictable changes of the regional economy, it is important for construction related companies to have a set of indicators to serve macroeconomic and operation management purposes by anticipating events that are likely to happen to the economy and the construction sector.

    “Combining the strengths of our Ventures ONSITE Project Intelligence platform and Ventures Middle East’s Market Research Division, the Construction Confidence Index and study were a natural progression for us to give our valued clients as well as
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  • New businesses spurring diversification for oil-producing states

    For many countries diversification means expanding global reach and entering entirely new types of energy sectors
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  • Asbestos: Fighting a silent killer in the UAE

    Experts discuss the dangers of asbestos usage in the UAE construction industry

    Asbestos is a word that conjures up a variety of reactions, from a healthy degree of fear and respect to a complete ignorance of its various properties and uses. While levels of awareness vary, many view it as a past and predominantly resolved problem. However, it remains a very real and present issue that needs addressing, both in the UAE construction industry and throughout the Gulf.

    What is it?

    At its height of production in the 1960s and 1970s, asbestos found its way into the majority of construction materials, remaining hidden in the building fabric until unknowingly disturbed through refurbishment and demolition or identified through the means of an asbestos survey.

    Asbestos categorises a group of naturally occurring fibrous minerals, the most common being white (chrysotile), brown (amosite) and blue (crocidolite).
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  • Abu Dhabi's plans to liberalise the economy

    Allowing free zone companies to operate onshore are the latest economic reforms in a 90-day action plan first set by the Crown Prince earlier this summer
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  • UAE to invest Dh1.3 trillion in these sectors

    Energy, utilities and transportation take lion's share of infrastructure investment
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