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22 Jun 2017

Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (Qatar)

Qatar 2022 World Cup Migrant Worker Fatality: October 2016

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On 22 October 2016, a fatal accident involving a 29-year-old Nepalese male worker occurred on the Al Wakrah Stadium project site. Immediately after the accident, a joint accident investigation team was established...The report found that the deceased worker was struck by a water tanker and died instantly from severe head injuries... [I]t was determined that the deceased worker was likely crouched in front of the passenger side of the water tanker and using his mobile phone when he was struck...[T]he driver was unaware of the deceased worker’s close proximity to the vehicle, due to significant blind spots associated with large water tankers. The report identified a number of health and safety gaps – primarily unauthorised mobile phone use and minimal training and supervision...[S]ignificant gaps were identified in policies and procedures, such as the lack of a stringent mobile phone policy and a detailed Risk Assessment/Method Statement (RAMS) for stockpile activities...[T]he SC [Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy] immediately introduced..More stringent enforcement of mobile phone usage rules on construction sites; Education of workers about vehicle blind spots and the dangers of using shaded areas around equipment as places to rest; Increasing the frequency of driver competency checks; The implementation of an H&S hotline.