Qatar 2022 World Cup: Migrant Worker Fatality Tracker

This dataset tracks - on an ongoing basis - public reports of individual migrant worker deaths linked to the 2022 Qatar World Cup. The dataset relies on information published in media reports and on the Supreme Comittee for Deliver & Legacy's website and Workers' Welfare Reports. Media coverage is identified through a Google search for "Qatar World Cup" + [deaths] or [fatality].

To share information on migrant worker fatalities linked to the Qatar 2022 World Cup, please contact Mariam Bhacker ([email protected]).

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19 August 2017

Qatar 2022 World Cup Migrant Worker Fatality: May 2017

Author: Tom Finn, Reuters (USA)

"Indian migrant worker dies after leaving Qatar World Cup venue", 18 May 2017

An Indian man working on a Qatar World Cup stadium...died of a heart attack this month in an incident the tournament's organizers said on Thursday was not due to his working conditions. Carpenter Jagdesh Kumar, 54, fell unconscious on May 4 about half an hour after leaving Doha's Khalifa International Stadium, according to a relative...Kumar died in hospital of a cardiac arrest...The Supreme Committee said in an emailed statement that findings showed Kumar's death was due to natural causes...Qatar's government has denied claims there are higher instances of heart attacks among construction workers and does not publish independently verified statistics on worker-related injuries and fatalities. Autopsies and post-mortems on people who die sudden and unexpected deaths are forbidden by Qatari law unless a crime is suspected...

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22 June 2017

Qatar 2022 World Cup Migrant Worker Fatality: December 2016

Author: Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (Qatar)

On 1 December 2016, a 26-year-old Ethiopian mason was sleeping at his accommodation when, in the early morning hours, he began experiencing breathing difficulties. Within minutes he received emergency medical treatment and was transported by ambulance to a nearby hospital, where he later passed away due to acute respiratory failure... [T]he SC [Supreme Commitee for Delivery & Legacy] identified deficiencies in emergency medical response procedures. The WWD H&S [Workers' Welfare Division's Health and Safety] team commenced a thorough investigation through a formal emergency medical response assessment across all construction sites and major accommodation sites. 

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22 June 2017

Qatar 2022 World Cup Migrant Worker Fatality: February 2017

Author: Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (Qatar)

On 4 February 2017, a 25-year-old Bangladeshi duct insulator was sleeping at his accommodation when, in the early morning hours, his roommates awoke and observed him in pain and struggling to breathe. He received emergency medical treatment at the scene and was transported to a nearby hospital, where he later passed away due to acute respiratory failure...[T]he SC [Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy] identified deficiencies in emergency medical response procedures. The WWD H&S [Workers' Welfare Division's Health and Safety] team commenced a thorough investigation through a formal emergency medical response assessment across all construction sites and major accommodation sites. 

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22 June 2017

Qatar 2022 World Cup Migrant Worker Fatality: January 2017

Author: Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (Qatar)

On 19 January 2017 at Khalifa International Stadium, a 40-year-old British male rope-access technician was installing a catwalk system in the stadium’s roof when one end of the catwalk, supported by a lever hoist, dropped, leaving it suspended vertically. When the platform dropped, the rope technician’s lifeline became snagged, causing it to become overloaded and snap, causing him to fall 39 metres... he was immediately transported to a nearby hospital, where he passed away from multiple chest and head injuries due to the fall from height. A joint accident investigation team was established...At the time of print, a separate investigation by local authorities was still ongoing, therefore, for purposes of this report, the SC [Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy] cannot release the detailed findings. However, what can be reported is that during the course of the investigation, the team had raised concerns with the method of installation of the raised catwalk system. This required further investigation regarding the method itself and the supervision skills of the specialist contractor staff...[T]he SC implemented checks and additional controls across all stadium sites to prevent recurrence of the incident...

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22 June 2017

Qatar 2022 World Cup Migrant Worker Fatality: October 2016

Author: Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (Qatar)

...On 22 October 2016, a 27-year-old Nepalese helper at an accommodation site was sleeping when he began experiencing breathing difficulties. He received medical treatment and was transported by ambulance to a nearby hospital, where he later passed away of acute heart failure due to natural causes...[T]he SC [Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy] identified deficiencies in emergency medical response procedures. The WWD H&S [Workers’ Welfare Division's Health and Safety] team commenced a thorough investigation through a formal emergency medical response assessment across all construction sites and major accommodation sites. 

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22 June 2017

Qatar 2022 World Cup Migrant Worker Fatality: October 2016

Author: Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (Qatar)

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.

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29 April 2016

Qatar 2022 World Cup Migrant Worker Fatality: April 2016

Author: Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (Qatar)

"SC Statement: Fatality at Al Bayt Stadium – Al Khor City", 29 Apr 2016

....[W]e confirm the death of 48-year-old Indian national Jaleshwar Prasad, a steel-worker employed on the Al Bayt Stadium project. Mr Prasad fell ill on-site around 9.30am on Wednesday, 27 April. He received first aid treatment until paramedics arrived. He was transferred to Al Khor Hospital but sadly passed away around 11.30am. Al Khor Hospital reported the cause of death as cardiac arrest. All relevant authorities were notified and a full investigation is underway. The family of Mr Prasad were informed of the tragedy immediately. The Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy offers all necessary support to Mr Prasad's family...

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12 February 2016

Qatar 2022 World Cup Migrant Worker Fatality: January 2016

Author: Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (Qatar)

...In January 2016...a 55-year-old Indian worker employed as a heavy goods driver was taken to a Doha medical facility after suffering a heart attack in his accommodation. He sadly passed away later that evening...[T]he SC [Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy] ensured that appropriate procedures were followed for the repatriation of the remains and payment of the final benefits to the employees’ families. Investigations...confirmed that work duties were not a contributory factor. In line with international health and safety standards adhered to by companies operating across the world...the incidents were recorded as non-construction-related fatalities.

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12 February 2016

Qatar 2022 World Cup Migrant Worker Fatality: October 2015

Author: Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (Qatar)

....In October 2015, a 52-year-old Indian painter working on the Khalifa International Stadium site suffered cardiac arrest during lunch at one of the site’s dining halls. The worker received immediate medical treatment, in line with the site’s emergency response procedure, and was taken to a nearby hospital. He passed away in the hospital later that evening, following emergency surgery. The SC’s [Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy] investigation into the handling of the matter found that the response was in compliance with site emergency response procedures... [T]he SC ensured that appropriate procedures were followed for the repatriation of the remains and payment of the final benefits to the employees’ families. Investigations... confirmed that work duties were not a contributory factor. In line with international health and safety standards adhered to by companies operating across the world...the incidents were recorded as non-construction-related fatalities.

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