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20 Nov 2017

Qatar: Supreme Committee agrees to inquiry into British worker's death on World Cup stadium site

Zac Cox, a British male technician working on a World Cup stadium site, died in January 2017 after falling 40 metres due to failed safety equipment. The Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy, responsible for overseeing World Cup preparations in Qatar, had reportedly failed to disclose information to the family. Pfeifer, the German construction multinational working on the stadium roof walkways on which Cox was working, also failed to respond to the family’s requests for information at this time.

Two and a half years later, the Supreme Committee has agreed to conduct an investigation into the circumstances of Cox's death; it is thought to be the first investigation into the death of a worker during construction of the World Cup stadiums. The decision follows a report from a British coroner in 2018 which criticised health and safety measures at the site.

Business & Human Rights Resource Centre includes this case in our Allegations Tracker of Abuse Against Migrant Workers in the Gulf. On publishing the results of our first analysis we invite Pfeifer to respond to the allegations. Their response is attached below.