Expo 2020 Dubai revealed an initiative to promote health and safety standards in construction sites through the "Workers Fitness Program", which used the innovative and advanced "WOP" technology to monitor the health status of workers at the international event building site.
A statement issued yesterday stated that the advanced technology is the result of cooperation between the "Expo 2020 Dubai" and the American "WOP", which is a bracelet for measuring health indicators that the worker wears to collect information about performing vital functions of the body, such as changing heart rate, exercise, and sleep in Different times throughout the day, noting that through this technique, detailed reports are prepared on the health of the worker, and a weekly summary on the performance of vital functions of the body.
According to the statement, he had volunteered to participate in the program 5,540 workers, who make up about 14% of the total number of workers on the site, over a period of 30 months since the program was launched in 2017.
The size of the database that the program collected and analyzed through this advanced technology reached 13 terabytes, equivalent to about 39 billion information.
"Given the number of workers on the site, this program is unique, as we have not seen before any other project that tracks human health on a large scale," said Rashid Mohamed, Executive Vice President of Operations at Expo 2020 Dubai.
He stressed that the data collected will form part of the legacy that Expo 2020 Dubai will bring to the world, and will bring us a step closer to building models that can protect the lives of many.
In turn, the founder of "Wop" and the CEO of the company, Will Ahmed, said that this new technology enables a solid understanding of what needs to be done to prevent injuries, and in order to improve the general health of workers in the sites, stressing that all this will improve the work environment And enhance its safety standards worldwide.
To that, Tawfiq Rafqi, Director of the Workers Fitness Program Department at Expo 2020 Dubai, said that the construction workers at the Expo 2020 Dubai site are the lifeblood of the international event, and their safety and well-being is a top priority for us, pointing out that this program will enable More light on healthy habits and needs of construction workers, and help provide a safer work environment for them.
Through this initiative, Expo 2020 Dubai seeks to raise the health and safety standards of workers on the site, build on the results achieved and the information gathered to formulate best practices in the construction sectors, and organize huge events in the region, through cooperation with the University of Sharjah.
The program sent a large amount of data that it collected to the University's Research Institute of Medicine and Health Sciences, to analyze information and come up with recommendations on best practices in the construction sector, with the aim of strengthening workers ’health infrastructure at construction sites.
Health experts at the Expo 2020 Dubai site performed 1467 health exams, and 153,785 medical reports were issued on the performance of vital functions for site workers.
These measures helped early diagnosis of a number of chronic diseases such as high blood pressure and diabetes, and further tests were carried out for the diagnosed cases and all received the necessary treatment and care.
5,000 employees will participate in the Worker Fitness initiative during the event time from October 1, 2021 to March 31, 2022.