UAE: Construction companies likely operating at extreme risk to workers’ health; includes comments from McLaren & Laing O'Rourke

Author: Annie Kelly and Niamh MacIntyre (Guardian, UK), Published on: 4 October 2019

"Workers at Dubai's Expo 2020 likely to have suffered dangerous heat stress," 3 Oct 2019

Migrant construction workers employed on huge infrastructure and building projects ahead of next year’s Expo 2020 exhibition in Dubai are likely to have been exposed to dangerous levels of heat stress... 

Every year hundreds of workers – mostly young men – who have travelled from India, Nepal, Pakistan and Bangladesh, die while working in the Gulf state...

British companies McLaren and Laing O’Rourke are currently working on Expo 2020 projects...

“Although British companies are doing comparatively well at taking the issue of heat stress seriously... all international construction companies in the UAE operate with an unacceptable level of risk to their workers,” said Diana Eltahawy, Gulf programme manager at BHRRC...

An Expo 2020 spokesperson said, “Our assurance standards require contractors to develop and implement an all-year-round ‘weather working plan’ detailing arrangements for working safely in the heat"... 

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Related companies: Expo 2020 Dubai Laing O’Rourke McLaren Construction