Two workers die in wall collapse

Victims were crushed to death on site in West Bay, Doha.

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By  Conrad Egbert Published  July 16, 2005

Two site workers have died and at least four injured when a newly constructed wall collapsed on top of them in Qatar. The wall was being constructed at a car parking facility of a tower in West Bay in Doha. The victims have been identified as Lal Akbar Abbasi, a 51-year-old Pakistani from the North West Frontier Province (NWFP), and Saeed Abdul Bakir from Egypt, according to reports. It is believed that about 150 workers were on duty at the site, which is located near to the Qatar National Hotels Company premises, when the accident occurred. The engineer supervising the work and the manager of the project were both taken into police custody for interrogation. The wall that collapsed was built recently for a covered parking lot at the building site. Some of the policemen involved in the rescue operation said that they were alerted to the incident at about 9 am and immediately rushed to scene of the accident. They found two bodies buried in the debris and four people seriously injured. One of the victims had his head split open in the accident, a policeman said. The dead and wounded were rushed to the Hamad General Hospital by the rescue team. Some of the workers have complained that the engineers didn’t provide sufficient safety measures at the work site, Mubarak Saleh Al Kuwari who headed the rescue team, was quoted as saying. It is the latest in a string of recent retaining wall collapses in the region.

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