|13 December, 2019

Expo 2020 Dubai honours best in construction, services

'Better Together recognises successes of individuals, organisations in achieving exemplary health and safety performance

An aerial view taken after the recent crowning of Al Wasl dome shows the progress of construction at the Expo 2020 site in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, in this undated picture obtained September 19, 2019. Expo 2020/Handout via REUTERS.

An aerial view taken after the recent crowning of Al Wasl dome shows the progress of construction at the Expo 2020 site in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, in this undated picture obtained September 19, 2019. Expo 2020/Handout via REUTERS.

UAE - The cream of the construction and service provider industry convened in Dubai at the 2019 Better Together Awards to celebrate Expo 2020 Dubai's continuing commitment to looking after the health, safety and welfare of the thousands of people working across the Expo 2020 site.

The event recognised the successes of individuals and organisations involved in the delivery of Expo 2020 in achieving an exemplary health and safety performance, providing the workforce with good standards of accommodation and ensuring world-class employment practices.

The awards ceremony was attended by more than 300 people, including Reem bint Ebrahim Al Hashimy, UAE Minister of State for International Cooperation and Director-General of the Expo 2020 Dubai Bureau, and members of the Expo 2020 Dubai Sub-Committee on Worker Welfare.

Dr Rob Cooling, vice-president for health, safety, quality and environment at Expo 2020 Dubai, said: "Expo 2020 is committed to the highest possible standards of health, safety and worker welfare of the thousands of people who are helping to prepare our site to host the world's greatest show next year. These awards are an opportunity to recognise those companies and individuals going above and beyond to support us in this."

Emma Seymour, vice-president for worker welfare at Expo 2020 Dubai, added: "Our health, safety and worker welfare strategy, which we call 'Better Together', is underpinned by the core values of care, respect and pride, and aims to influence the wider operations of contractors and service providers to advance health and safety and worker welfare standards throughout the industry for years to come. It's a partnership between everyone involved in delivering this incredible event, and it's great to be able to celebrate some of the many achievements made over the last year, as we reach the completion of heavy construction across the site."

More than 160 million work hours have been completed to date on the Expo 2020 site. There are currently 34,000 workers on site.

The winners were:

Health and Safety Initiative of the Year: Al Naboodah - Zero Strike 360

Quality Initiative of the Year: Parsons - Promoting a Quality Culture

Environment Initiative of the Year: ALEC - Energy Saving

Worker Welfare Initiative of the Year: EFS Facilities Management - The Centurion Club

Worker of the Year: Ayan Ahammed (Cleveland Bridge)

Supervisor of the Year: Harpreet Krishnan (Arabtec)

Activity Briefing of the Year: Antony Joseph (Cleveland Bridge)

Worker Welfare Impact of the Year: Manzoorudeen KK

PMC Excellence Award of the Year: Andrew Seymour

Expo Excellence Award of the Year: Maha Al Gargawi

Project Manager of the Year: Mike Whittingham (Cleveland Bridge)

Subcontractor of the Year: Transgulf

Service Provider of the Year: Enova

Consultant of the Year: Robert Bird Group

Contractor of the Year: Al Shafar General Contracting

Better Together Award of the Year: Laing O'Rourke

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