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Tribune News Network
Galfar Al Misnad, in association with the Ministry of Interior Traffic Awareness Department, concluded its Annual Road Safety Awareness Campaign 2021. The campaign was held over a virtual platform, as well as through classroom training sessions with limited attendance of staff, drivers and equipment operators, in full adherence with COVID-19 protocols.
Galfar Al Misnad, a leading construction company in Qatar, holds a large fleet of vehicles and equipment and its Plant Department (PMV) regularly conducts Road Safety Awareness campaigns across its sites and offices on a yearly basis. Galfar has been continuously conducting the campaign since 2006, a testimony to the company’s staunch commitment towards its motto of ‘Safety First’.
Safety is the key priority at Galfar Al Misnad, and the commitment to safe practices extends beyond company sites and to the community at large. Recently, the British Safety Council awarded Galfar Al Misnad with two International Safety Awards 2021, including one with Distinction for a project. This is the seventh year in which Galfar is receiving the International Safety Award, and the fifth consecutive win.
The objectives of the campaign were to maximise road safety awareness, promote defensive driving techniques, respect traffic rules and other road users, and thereby reduce road accidents and traffic violations. This is the first time that Galfar is conducting the campaign on a virtual platform
The month long campaign kicked off with an online meeting, which was inaugurated by Satish G. Pillai, executive director, Galfar Al Misnad. Traffic Awareness Officer from the General Directorate of Traffic, 1ST Lt. Muhammed Ahmed Al Kathiri, Galfar’s HSE manager, and the senior management team also delivered key messages.
As part of the campaign, a Virtual Traffic Awareness Seminar was conducted where Lt. Hamad Salim Al Nahab, Traffic Awareness officer from the Traffic Awareness Department of the Ministry of Interior; and Faisal Al Hudawi, Community Reach Out Office Coordinator at Public Relations Department of the Ministry of Interior, elaborated on the various traffic regulations, fines, as well as new traffic rules that have come into effect after the pandemic. This was followed by an interactive Q/A session.
More than 255 staff, drivers, and operators attended the various online training sessions. They found it very informative and used the opportunity to clear their understanding of the rules with the Traffic Department personnel. In addition, 518 drivers and operators attended the class room training sessions conducted by Galfar’s Sr. HSE Officer, Parag Gaikwad.
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