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Scaffolding worker killed at Qatar World Cup project site

DOHA, August 30, 2018

A Nepalese labourer fell from a scaffold to his death while working at one of the stadiums being readied for the Qatar World Cup 2022 matches, reported AFP, citing one of the main contractors at the site.

The 23-year-old scaffolder died on August 14 at the Al Wakrah stadium while at work, it stated.

The $680-million Al Wakrah stadium, located around 20 km south of the capital Doha, is one of eight venues proposed for the gala event.

"We can confirm this worker lost his life. He was performing access platform related work for one of the sub-contractors on site," said a spokeswoman for Belgian construction giant Besix, one of Al Wakrah’s main contractors.

Besix, which operates in the Gulf through its subsidiary, Six Construct, works as part of a joint venture at Al Wakrah with Qatari company Midmac and Austrian firm Porr.

Asked if that meant he had fallen to his death, the spokeswoman replied: “Yes”. This has been independently confirmed by three other sources, said the report.

Qatar’s World Cup organising body, the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy, is carrying out an ongoing investigation into the death, it added.

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