Injured worker fears his days of earning cash in UAE are over
A labourer who broke both legs after falling from the fifth floor of a Sharjah construction site is worried about how he will now support his family.
Liaqat Ali Sher Wahab, 26, told 7DAYS: “I am worried about not being able to provide a decent living for my wife and five children in Pakistan. I started to work for my company in May 2014.
“I started to work there with dreams of earning more money. I earn Dhs1,500 monthly.”
Speaking at Al Qasimi Hospital in Sharjah, he added: “On May 24, my whole life flipped upside down due to a fall from the fifth floor of a construction site in Abu Shaghara. I was working on the edge of the construction site and then I fell.”
Medical reports show that Liaqat lost consciousness for less than one hour, suffered from bone fractures in both legs, a closed fracture in one shoulder and other fractures in different parts of his body.
His eldest brother, Mumtaz, 35, who By Nawal Al Ramahi works at a construction company in Diera, said he is supporting his brother financially and has sent little money to both their families back in Pakistan.
Mumtaz said: “I will support my brother financially. However, his situation doesn’t seem to be a temporary one.
“I don’t mind helping him out, although I would prefer to be sending more money to my family and save a little at this point of my life in case I decide to go back to Pakistan.
“But I feel that sooner or later my finances will collapse entirely.”
Mumtaz translated the conversation with his brother as Liaqat doesn’t speak English or Arabic.
The labour manager at Liaqat’s firm said: “Whenever Liaqat recovers, he’s most welcome to rejoin our company... he is a hard worker.”
ACCIDENT: Liaqat with his brother Mumtaz at Al Qasimi Hospital in Sharjah; (inset, left) Liaqat’s x-rays