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KUWAIT CITY, Aug 21: The strange accident that happened at the Jahra Traffic Department building when the roof suddenly collapsed, has sounded alarm bells of the need to expedite certification of certificates and the accreditation mechanism, and to conduct professional tests for engineering support staff to avoid such accidents in future, which over the past years have led to the demolition of old government buildings, some of which were built by unskilled labor, reports Al-Qabas daily.
None of the employees or the visitors was injured because one of the employees who felt something was wrong urged the visitors and colleagues to leave the hall seconds before the roof came crashing down. Head of the Society of Engineers, Faisal Al-Atl, believes the latest incident in the Jahra Traffic Building blamed unqualified workers, and leniency in engineering supervision and contractors.”
The sources told Al-Qabas that there was a delay in adopting the testing mechanism and operating the professions center in the Kuwait Society of Engineers, despite its readiness, due to some concerns among the Public Authority for Manpower about the enormity of the project. The sources stated that the “engineers” had prepared a center for professional tests for supporting jobs in the engineering sector, which was screened during the last period, and to enable the certification of the certificates of its employees, and to ensure their expertise and testing.
Sources added PAM and the society met on several occasions during the past two months, and agreed to operate the center and start approving professional certificates and the step will be linked to new or renewal of work permits. The linking mechanism will be electronic between the authority and the association, regarding the accreditation and issuance of work permits for professionals affiliated with 71 different professions.
Al-Atl cited five elements that threaten incidents such as the traffic department — many government buildings are old and dilapidated, use of unskilled labor in construction work, lax supervision of engineering works by contractors, delay in adopting the testing mechanism for engineering workers and the slowdown in the operation of the ‘Professional Center’, despite its readiness