Football - Qatar says sta­dium health, safety en­hanced af­ter worker dies

Malta Independent - - SPORT -

Qatari World Cup or­ga­niz­ers say an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the death of a worker on a sta­dium con­struc­tion site has led to “ex­tended over-sight” of health and safety pro­ce­dures. The man, who or­ga­niz­ers have said was the first to die in a work-re­lated accident, was named Wed­nes­day as Anil Ku­mar Pas­man from Nepal. He was 29 when he was killed while work­ing on Al Wakrah Sta­dium last month. The sta­dium’s con­trac­tors say Pas­man was hit by a wa­ter tanker whose driver “was trag­i­cally un­aware of his col­league’s close prox­im­ity” and out of sight. Has­san Al Thawadi, sec­re­tary gen­eral of the 2022 World Cup or­ga­niz­ing com­mit­tee, says there is “al­ways more to be done” en­forc­ing health and safety. The tiny, gas-rich coun­try is re­ly­ing on its large work­force of Asian la­bor­ers to build sta­di­ums and re­lated in­fra­struc­ture for the first World Cup in the Mid­dle East.

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