Contractor questioned over unsafe building demolition
KUWAIT: A contractor is being summoned for questioning over charges of failure to secure safety conditions at a site where an apartment building was demolished in Hawally Thursday afternoon. Footage went viral on social media showing a building being demolished with little safety measures taken around it, while people were running away for shelter. Some vehicle owners even reported that their vehicles parked near the location were damaged by the demolition works. After seeing the video footage, Kuwait Municipality launched investigations and filed a case at the nearest police station, which was then referred to the Public Prosecution for further action, the municipality said in a statement. The contractor faces a punishment of up to 7 years in jail and paying an up to KD 10,000 fine if found guilty of malpractice.
A man died from smoke inhalation he suffered in a fire at his fifth-floor apartment in Mahboulah recently. The victim, African, was found in a critical condition by firefighters, who handed him over to paramedics. He was rushed to the hospital but died on arrival, Kuwait Fire Services Directorate said in a statement. A case was filed to investigate the causes of the fire.
KUWAIT: Kuwait Fire Services Directorate (KFSD) carried out a fire drill recently at a building under construction in Kuwait City, during which the newly-acquired compressed air foam system (CAFS) was used, and was able to pump water and foam 400 meters upwards within 52 seconds.