Kuwait: Investigation launched after six Nepali construction workers killed in site collapse

In February 2020, six Nepali workers allegedly died in a landslip on a construction site in Mutlaa City, Kuwait. A further two Nepali workers were injured. 

The Nepali National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) contacted the Kuwait government to request the details of the workers' deaths be made public. Minister of Public Works and Minister of State for Housing Affairs Rana al Fares ordered an investigation into the cause of the deaths, stating that those "guilty of negligence" must be held accountable.

The Nepali embassy in Kuwait reported that the workers were employed by Kuwait headquartered Universal Leaders Trading and Contracting. Business & Human Rights Resource Centre attempted to contact Universal Leaders to invite them to respond to the allegations of negligence causing the deaths but were unable to find working contact information.

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22 February 2020

Housing minister receives investigation report on Mutlaa City project accident

Author: Abdellatif Sharaa, Kuwait Times

Rana Al-Fares said she received a report from a committee investigating a fatal accident that left a number of construction workers dead at the Mutlaa City project, noting that the report is currently being examined to prepare another more detailed report explaining the circumstances behind the incident and identifying those who caused it...

Fares said “the government is keen on holding those who caused the accident accountable regardless of their positions...”. She said those involved in the incident will be dealt with decisively to safeguard the rights of the country and people.

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15 February 2020

Unveil details of six Nepalis killed in Kuwait: NHRC to govt

Author: Khabarhub

National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has urged the Nepal government to unveil the details of the six Nepalis killed in a construction site in the Kuwait’s Al-Mutla’a area.

NHRC wrote to the Office of the Prime Minister and Council of Ministers, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Labor, Employment and Social Security, asking to make the details public....

According to eyewitnesses, the laborers of a Chinese company were busy working on installing manholes at block 1, N5 district when the pile of sand and gravel fell on them and buried them in the ditches intended for building the manholes.

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14 February 2020

Six Nepalis killed at Kuwait construction site

Author: Himalayan Times (Nepal)

Six Nepali migrant workers were killed and two were injured when they were buried under gravel and sand while working at a housing construction project in Mutlaa City...

[The embassy stated] that the Nepali workers were employed with Kuwait-based Universal Leaders Trading and General Contracting Co.WLL...

the workers were undertaking sanitary drainage network extension when earth caved in...

Firemen managed to pull them out, but six of them had already died.

Minister of Public Works and Minister of State for Housing Affairs Rana al Fares ordered formation of a probe panel to investigate the cause of the cave-in and hold accountable those found guilty of negligence.

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