Cranes and Cultures Clash in Dubai

December 2006
ENR: Engineering News-Record;12/4/2006, Vol. 257 Issue 22, p28
Trade Publication
The article explores the problem of verbal signaling in the construction industry in Dubai, United Arab emirates. The booming country is home to a large percentage of the world's cranes. However, the labor force has a big language challenge. Most laborers are imported from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. Crane accidents stemming from language barriers and poor maintenance are common, according to a 2003 study by two students at Ohio State University.


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