Dart acclaims its safety record at Camana Bay

| 06/06/2011

(CNS):Dart Realty (Cayman) Ltd claimed a new safety milestone was reached at Camana Bay recently with 2.5 million safe man hours and no lost workdays in over 3 years. Justin Howe, Vice President Development for Dart Realty offered his congratulations to all the contractors involved in a release Friday. Partnering with local firms and supporting the Cayman economy safe work sites do not happen by accident, he said, but was the result of a collective effort by the development and construction team and contractors. Since Dart Realty broke ground on the Camana Bay Town Centre in May 2005, the company has contracted over 200 local companies and provided jobs for over 4000 construction workers, the firm stated.

“As a developer, Dart Realty takes safety very seriously and we place great importance on passing that message along to all of our construction partners. We have been fortunate to work with so many outstanding local companies on the design and construction of Camana Bay and it is through teamwork, individual awareness and a shared commitment to maintaining the highest safety standards that this milestone has been achieved,” he said.

In order to maintain safety Dart says that it requires everyone who works on its construction sites, including the staff of its contractors and subcontractors, to go through a comprehensive Safety Orientation programme. The induction includes training in areas such as Hazard Analysis, Incident and Hazard Reporting, Personal Protective Equipment, Fire Safety, Fitness for Work, Manual Handling, Ladders, Scaffolds, Excavations and Confined Space.

Dart Safety Manager Julius Jacky is pleased with the team’s latest achievement but that the safe man-hours clock could be reset at any moment.

“While we celebrate this long-term accomplishment, it is important to note that it only takes a second for an accident to happen. In addition to the continual development and implementation of our safety
training programme, we have daily safety meetings and conduct regular safety checks in order to ensure that every member of the Camana Bay construction team is fully aware of their responsibility towards eliminating health and safety hazards.”

According to an independent economic study completed by renowned international business
consultants Deloitte in late 2010, Dart said that on average the construction of Camana Bay has accounted for more than half of Grand Cayman’s construction activity during the period 2006-2009. The firm said that 2006, the year before the Town Centre opened, was the peak year, representing 72% of the island’s construction activity.

HR Manager Ray Hydes of Hydes & Sons one of the local contractors involved in the ongoing Town Centre project. Said the experience has been positive and highly beneficial to his company.

“We have a large number of staff on this project and they have all gone through Camana Bay’s safety orientation. In addition to imparting new skills, the programme has instilled an increased sense of responsibility for both personal and team safety that these workers will be able to apply to future jobs. We are pleased to have contributed to this achievement and look forward to a long relationship with Dart Realty as the Camana Bay community continues to grow,” Hydes stated.

Camana Bay is four years into its master development plan with construction now underway on the 68,000 square foot, 5-storey office building located on the northwest corner of the inner harbour.

Designed by Washington D.C.-based Torti Gallas and Partners, and supported by local architects, the Burns Conolly Group, the building is scheduled for completion by July 2012. It will house Class A office tenants including offshore law firm Mourant Ozannes and offer restaurant and retail on the ground floor.

In the next phase of development, a residential neighbourhood will be built along the south canal, connecting the Town Centre to the Cayman International School campus. Construction on a mixture
of single-family homes, town homes, courtyard homes and condominiums at price points to suit different income levels is scheduled to begin over the coming months.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Now will you please put together a police force???

  2. Anonymous says:

    Well done, Dart!  What a first class operation.