Construction site accidents decline
On July 23, Deputy of the Ulaanbaatar City Mayor, S.Ochirbat; the State Specialized Inspection Agency (SSIA); and Authority for General Planning officials reported on the progress of “Common Regulations on Occupational Safety in Construction Sites in Ulaanbaatar”. The Ulaanbaatar City Representative’s Council approved the regulations on July 15.
Construction companies have been known to accelerate the progress of construction at the cost of increased occupational safety risks, in response to the demands of their clients to complete projects as quickly as possible. Companies have also been accused of appointing unqualified individuals to be in charge of monitoring operations, which negatively impacts occupational safety.
As a result, the new regulations clearly state the approved way to conclude a construction contract, while ensuring occupational safety. The SSIA has reported that thanks to the regulations, workplace accidents -specifically those on construction sites- have declined in comparison to last year. Nine construction site accidents occurred this year, claiming the lives of four workers. Although this number seems high, it shows a marked decline from the 36 construction site accidents that occurred in the first half of 2012, resulting in 18 fatalities.
Many new construction projects started after the national holiday of Naadam. The SSIA has discovered 36 construction sites operating without permits. In addition to these violations, there are 88 buildings that do not meet the criteria of Ulaanbaatar’s heating distribution network. Another 51 buildings fail to meet the criteria of the city’s electricity distribution network.
A working group has been formed to take legal action on operators of the illegal construction projects and to prevent further illegal construction.
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