Work: Most private sector buildings and projects lack safety conditions
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Baghdad: Governorates / Al-Sabah Correspondents
The Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs alerted that most private sector projects, facilities and buildings do not adhere to occupational safety requirements, at a time when local administrations in the governorates rushed to launch campaigns to monitor safety procedures and conditions in government and private sites and institutions, after the wedding hall fire incident in the Al-Hamdaniya district in the governorate. Nineveh. These campaigns are always active after any tragic incident and not before it, despite seeing landmarks of buildings and institutions being constructed from a highly flammable material (sandwich panel) that is clearly visible without any significant action being taken by the concerned authorities other than making inspections sometimes. Media advisor at the Ministry of Labor, Kazem Al-Atwani, told Al-Sabah: The culture of occupational safety is still below the required level in most private sector projects, facilities and buildings. He stated that despite the field visits by the Occupational Safety Department and its courses on safety conditions and the imposition of fines, many stakeholders in the private sector do not comply despite the repeated accidents. Al-Atwani added that the law approved by the Ministry stipulates the imposition of fines starting from 500 One thousand to one million dinars, and in the event of non-compliance, the project will be closed. For his part, the Governor of Baghdad, Muhammad Jaber Al-Atta, told “Al-Sabah”: The governorate holds ongoing periodic meetings with the Civil Defense Directorate to circulate safety conditions in recreational and social facilities, both governmental and private, especially at the beginning of the summer to avoid the occurrence of fires. He pointed out that the governorate has launched an intensive campaign to monitor Violations in coordination with the civil defense departments in Karkh and Rusafa, noting the formation of technical and engineering committees to conduct field tours, determine safety conditions, prepare reports in this field, and remove any building that does not meet these conditions. Al-Atta called for an amendment to the Civil Defense Law to ensure severe punishment for violators of safety conditions, because the existing penalties under this law do not rise to the required level. For his part, Nineveh Health spokesman Ahmed Al-Jader told “Al-Sabah”: The Minister of Health, Dr. Saleh Al-Hasnawi He directed the closure of the caravan maternity hospital in the right of Mosul because it did not comply with safety conditions. He added that Al-Hasnawi also directed the closure of the second caravan hospital, Al-Khansa, due to the low level of health conditions despite the passage of six years of reconstruction campaigns inside the governorate. He pointed out that the total number of people injured in the hall fire tragedy reached about (165) injured people who are still receiving treatment in hospitals in Mosul, Erbil and Dohuk, while more than 20 of them died, while the number of deaths reached 107, including 41 unidentified bodies. He stated that Prime Minister Muhammad Shiaa Al-Sudani, during his visit, ordered the families of the injured in Al-Jumhuri Hospital and Al-Hamdaniya Hospital to send serious cases for treatment outside the country, where four of them were sent, with preparations to send 9 others after completing the travel procedures, indicating that there are more than 50 infected people with an undiagnosed condition. They are stable in Al-Jumhuriyya, Al-Hamdaniyah, Erbil and Dohuk hospitals, and they are under close medical supervision. In Diwaniyah, the governorate’s media director, Alaa Al-Basri, told “Al-Sabah”: Governor Maytham Al-Shahd instructed the removal of flammable materials that do not comply with technical conditions from buildings, government departments and institutions, for fear of fire incidents similar to the Al-Hamdaniya district incident.
Edited by: Ali Mowafaq
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