Thursday, March 4, 2010

Credai Pune Launches Safety Week

In an effort to continually increase safety of all workers at construction sites, Credai Pune has launched a series of activities that will work towards making safety a priority. Safety Week is being observed from March 4 to March 11.
The launch of this was inaugurated at Nandan Prospera at Baner Road. Site supervisors from nearby areas and projects gathered for demonstrations in fire safety, first aid and workplace safety during ascending and descending tasks so common in the industry. The program was inaugurated at the hands of Prashant Waghmare, city engineer, PMC and Prashant Ranpise, Chief Fire Officer, PMC. Senior Vice Presidents Credai, Hemant Naiknavare and Shantilal Kataria, Vice President Rohit Gera, and builder-developers, Shamkant Kotkar, Anuj Bhandari and Sanjiv Wani

Says J.P. Shroff, chairman Labour Welfare Committee, `` our aim is to educate builders and site supervisors on different aspects of safety. This will then lead to adaptation of newer methods and equipment at various sites that will improve safety standards. Since our member projects are scattered all around the city we have organized such programs at three different sites to make it easier for the site engineers and supervisors to attend. The other two will be at Kharadi and Sinhagad road.”

“Every year our members keep upgrading the safety equipment and procedures which has resulted in fewer accidents” says Hemant Naiknavare. “Credai Pune has an ongoing health check up camp for construction workers and with better education, knowledge and newer technologies we have noticed that in the past five years there has not been a single major accident on our member sites.”

City Engineer Waghmare said that he is happy that the builder community is “concerned about the workers’ safety and is taking appropriate action.” Chief Fire Officer, Ranpise felt that “such programs educate and inform workers about safety procedures and thus prevent accidents. In the past we used to get at least 3 to 4 calls every year for fire at various sites. But now that has reduced as builders are getting safety conscious. Labour homes were the biggest fire hazards at construction sites. This was because their huts were adjacent to each other and they used the open `chula’ which is a big hazard. But now I have noticed that their homes are properly built and the workers are well informed about safety precautions. Such pro active steps on part of the builders help reduce the load on our fire department.”

The day long program had a demonstration of safety equipment by Mangesh Safety Equipment that make climbing and descending from heights completely safe. The special cornamental ropes are capable of bearing a load of 3 tonnes, which makes the labourere’s job very safe. Globe Fire Services gave a demonstration of a fire hose that could scale up to the 12th floor. In addition to this, First Aid demonstration was given by AJ Foundation to the workers and site engineers.

Says Shroff, “now that 33 floors are being sanctioned in Pune, such equipment is vital to prevent accidents.”

“Our aim is to make construction sites which have traditionally been accident prone sites, completely safe” says Naiknavare. “With greater awareness, continual education and newer technologies this should happen.”

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