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Worker Falls to Death at World Cup Venue

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

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Authorities are investigating the falling death of a 40-year-old British worker on a World Cup stadium project in Qatar on Thursday (Jan. 19).

Media outlets report that the victim was a subcontractor’s employee, citing Midmac-Six Construct, the joint venture working as the main contractor on the project at the Khalifa International Stadium in Doha. The victim’s identity had not been reported as of Monday (Jan. 23) morning.

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The fatal incident occurred at the Khalifa International Stadium, originally built in 1976, and scheduled for upgrades ahead of the 2022 World Cup.

Officials with Midmac-Six Construct said they are working with local authorities to determine the official cause of the accident, reports relate. Qatar’s World Cup organizing committee is also investigating the incident.

Lever Hoist Issue

"The fatal accident took place while the worker was on a suspended catwalk platform designed to manage technical functions relating to sound and light installations," the contractor said in a statement Friday.

"For unknown reasons one of the lever hoists supporting the platform failed, causing the fall of the worker, who was wearing all his safety equipment, including the safety harness.

"Sadly, the harness was cut during the fall with a fatal outcome. What caused the cut is subject to further investigation."

It is unclear how many feet the victim fell.

Second ‘Work-Related’ Death

The victim is the fifth worker who has died on Qatar’s World Cup projects, reports said. However, the death is only the second that has been deemed a “work-related incident,” by Qatari officials, according to the Associated Press. The other victim was believed to have been struck by a water truck at the Al Wakrah Stadium in October.

Concerns over construction working conditions and human rights have loomed over the projects for the 2022 World Cup since Qatar was awarded the sports tournament in 2010, according to reports. Worker welfare standards were drafted in 2014.

In a statement provided to media, FIFA said it “deeply regrets the loss of life” at the stadium.

“It is with great sadness that we send our sincere condolences to the victim’s family and colleagues,” the organization added.


Tagged categories: Accidents; Construction; Contractors; Fall protection; Fatalities; Health and safety; Maintenance + Renovation; Middle East; Stadiums/Sports Facilities

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