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Our people are our most important assets. They contribute to our pursuit of excellence and we believe that an excellent company is, by definition, a safe company. It follows that Health and Safety of our employees is inseparable from any other of our business activities.


Accidents are preventable. The company will therefore provide the most appropriate resources, training, machinery, ancillary equipment, personal protection, procedures and work practices in order to achieve this aim. We will strive for ongoing improvement in our Health and Safety performance.  All personnel are expected to follow established Health and Safety policies, procedures and work practices, and to work safely to ensure that their health and safety, and that of their co-workers, is not endangered.

Safety in the workplace is a prime responsibility of each and every Director, Manager, Supervisor and Safety Representative. They are all accountable for demonstrating safety leadership, providing a safe work environment and promoting safe working practices amongst all of their staff.


Management will meet regularly and review Health and Safety matters. They will define responsibilities and relationships that promote a positive Health and Safety culture throughout the company. They will ensure that the Safety Management systems are implemented effectively.

All employees are encouraged to recommend improvements to the current Health and Safety standards and work practices, as well as identify and eliminate all hazards that have the potential to cause injury.

Gerald Töpfer


    1.     Introduction
      The Regulations outlined are drafted to provide the infrastructure within which Johnson Arabia will conduct its business. These Regulations do not exempt the Company in any way from its obligations to comply with applicable U.A.E. Statutory Requirements and/or relevant Regulations.

    2.        Safety Practice Rules
      These Safety Practice Rules apply to all mobile hydraulic cranes and aerial work platforms operations (AWP). Rules included herein have been established as the minimum rules applicable to the operations. In the case of conflict between the party(s) rules and regulations, where reasonably practicable the more stringent shall apply.

    2.1.     Induction
      Johnson Arabia shall provide an induction program for company employees covering health and safety, and general rules and regulations.

    2.2.     Intoxication
      The possession, distribution and use of alcohol, illegal drugs and substances are prohibited while on company/client premises and while driving or operating mobile hydraulic cranes and/or AWP. Violation of this policy will result in immediate dismissal and immediate withdrawal of the employee’s access to client premises.

    2.3.     Conduct
      The possession of firearms, gambling, physical assault, and horseplay (fooling around) at the workplace is strictly forbidden and will result in disciplinary action by management.

    2.4.     Access
      Pedestrians will not take short cuts through areas not connected to the contract. Visitor(s) on official visits are to report to the Site Manager’s office. Unauthorised entrance to areas where mobile hydraulic cranes and/or AWP(s) are operational is not permitted. Entrance to such operational areas must be cleared by the Site Manager or person(s) supervising the lifting operation(s).

    2.5.     Vehicles
      Driving of company vehicles is only allowed with the prior authorisation of the Manager and the driver must be in possession of a valid driver’s license.

    2.6.     Housekeeping
      All employees will maintain housekeeping at their places of work to save valuable space, reduce incidents and reduce fire risks etc.

    2.7.     Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
      Appropriate personal protective equipment will be issued free of charge to employees. These would include:
      • Hard Hats.
      • Safety shoes.
      • Safety gloves (rigger type)
      • Overalls or dustcoat.
      • Any other equipment associated with the specific hazard.

      Employees issued with appropriate personal protective equipment will wear and maintain their equipment at all times while on site. Client’s PPE policy for visitors to company business site(s) will also apply.

    2.8.     Mobile Hydraulic Crane and AWP Safe Operation
      The mobile hydraulic crane/AWP was built in accordance with the state of the art and recognised safety regulations valid at the time of commissioning. Nevertheless, personal injury to the operator or any other person(s) as well as damage to the crane/AWP and other property may occur during use.
      • Mobile hydraulic crane(s) and AWP(s) must be in proper working order and may only be used for its intended purpose, while taking into account the safe operation of the unit and any related hazards;
      • Malfunctions that may affect the safe operation of the crane/AWP are to be corrected immediately;
      • The mobile hydraulic crane(s) may only be used as an erection crane to vertically lift loads in the authorised rigging modes using a hook block that is reeved to the hoist rope. The weight and centre of distribution of the loads must be known. Any other use of the crane is considered improper;
      • The mobile hydraulic crane/AWP operator shall take on full responsibility for any damage resulting from the improper or unauthorised use of the mobile hydraulic crane/AWP.

      • Proper use also involves:
        • Observing all crane/AWP documentation consisting of the safe operating manual, the lifting capacity table (load chart) and,
        • Following the pre-operational inspections of mobile hydraulic
          cranes/AWP(s) by operators prior to use.

      • The person supervising mobile hydraulic crane/AWP operations must ensure that operators use extreme caution when operating their crane(s)/AWP(s).

      Operators of mobile hydraulic cranes/AWPs must comply with the following procedures:

      • Mobile hydraulic crane/AWP pre-operational inspections;
      • Mobile hydraulic crane/AWP driving and roadworthiness inspections;
      • Mobile hydraulic crane/AWP ground and support conditions inspections;
      • Mobile hydraulic crane/AWP load rating charts;
      • Rigging lattice extensions on mobile hydraulic cranes;
      • Mobile hydraulic crane/AWP safe operational procedures;
      • Mobile hydraulic crane/AWP signals and hand signals;
      • Helpers (banks men, slingers, riggers and guides for holding tag lines);
      • Operator competency.

    2.9.      Lighting
    Where work is to be conducted at night or in areas where natural and artificial lighting is inadequate, a level of illumination must be provided by the Company and in the case where similar unsafe conditions are experienced during mobile crane operations, the client must provide artificial lighting adequate for the type of work to be performed safely.

    2.10.    Disciplinary Action
    Johnson Arabia believes that each individual employee is responsible for his/her own safety and for following the established rules for Health and Safety, Welfare and employee conduct. All employees who fail to work safely or fail to follow the Safety Rules, which are in place for their protection, are subject to disciplinary action up to and including dismissal.

Johnson Arabia LLC, Dubai, Al Quoz Industrial Area, P.O. Box 71240, Dubai, UAE, Tel: +971 4 3471908, Fax: +971 4 3474811,
e-mail: info@jonarabia.ae / info.awp@jonarabia.ae
Johnson Arabia, Abu Dhabi, Musaffah Industrial Area, P.O. Box 34983, Abu Dhabi, UAE, Tel: +971 2 5544591, Fax: +971 2 5544593,
e-mail: infoauh@johnsonarabiaad.ae