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Tuesday, October 26, 2004

Dubai: 5 migrant workers killed, 12 injured, on construction site

from Chartered Institute of Building:

As an example of a recent accident which caused loss of life and injury, RICS cites what happened at Dubai International Airport on 2004-09-28 when a wall of steel reinforcement mesh collapsed onto a construction gang. The fact that five people were left dead and 12 injured suggests that there may have been a fault in risk assessment before the job was started.
The tragedy at Dubai has raised serious questions about the plight of migrant workers as all the dead and injured were understood to be from South-East Asian countries. Safety on construction sites where immigrant labour is employed has been highlighted not only by the failure at Dubai but by the recent structural collapse at Charles de Gaulle Airport and deaths on Olympic Games sites in Athens.

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