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Qatar stadium death: Fresh details emerge

The British man who died on a Qatar World Cup stadium project last week fell while working on a suspended catwalk platform, it has emerged.

The Midmac-Six Construct joint venture working as main contractor on the Khalifa Stadium said a worker from a subcontractor was fatally injured when a supporting lever hoist failed.

“The fatal accident took place while the worker was on a suspended catwalk platform designed to manage technical functions relating to sound and light installations,” the JV said in a statement.

“For unknown reasons one of the lever hoists supporting the platform failed, causing the fall of the worker, who was wearing all his safety equipment, including the safety harness.

“Sadly, the harness was cut during the fall with a fatal outcome. What caused the cut is subject to further investigation.”

The JV between local firm Midmac Contracting and Six Construct, a subsidiary of the Belgian Besix Group, said emergency services and health and safety teams were summoned immediately.

“Our people are working closely with the local authorities as they investigate the circumstances of the accident,” the statement added.

“The JV, as main contractor, is collectively responsible for the health and safety of the workers on site at all times.

“All parties concerned will carefully review the circumstances of the accident and commit to take any necessary measures that can prevent its recurrence.

“All of the partners involved in this project are devastated by such a tragic loss of life and we extend our deepest condolences to the victim’s family, friends and colleagues.”

The 1976-built Khalifa International Stadium is being modernised by the Aspire Zone Foundation, with new arches and a canopy among the additions.

Construction News reported in 2014 that the stadium’s capacity would be increased to 40,000, and a new building would feature food courts, shops, VIP lounges and a health centre.

The project is understood to be worth in the region of £70m. 

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