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Worker employed on Qatar World Cup stadium site dies

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Revised design for Al Bayt Al Khor stadium
Revised design for Al Bayt Al Khor stadium

A 48-year-old Indian expat who was working on construction of Qatar’s Al Bayt World Cup stadium has died, tournament organizers said.

Jaleshwar Prasad, a steel-worker, died on Wednesday after falling ill on the stadium site and then passing away at the Al Khor hospital. Doctors said he died of cardiac arrest.

A full investigation is underway, the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy (SCDL) said in a statement announcing the death last night:

“The family of Mr Prasad were informed of the tragedy immediately. The Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy offers all necessary support to Mr Prasad’s family. Our prayers and heart-felt condolences are with them at such a difficult time,” it added.

Organizers did not name the company the man worked for.

World Cup stadium deaths

As of February, some 4,000 construction workers were working across five stadium sites in Qatar.

So far, no work-related fatalities have been recorded on these sites, even though work has intensified over the last year.

Prasad appears to be the third Indian expat on these projects, however, who has died of a heart attack.

According to the SCDL’s February Workers’ Welfare Progress Report, a 52-year-old painter working on the Khalifa International Stadium site went into cardiac arrest during lunch at one of the site’s dining halls and died in the hospital in October.

Wakrah Stadium works
Wakrah Stadium works

And in January, a 55-year-old truck driver suffered a heart attack in his accommodation and later passed away.

Additionally, six people have suffered serious injuries, ranging from a fractured ankle to the amputation of one worker’s fingertip after it became caught between two steel beams, so far.

Al Bayt Stadium is one of at least eight facilities that will be used for matches during the 2022 World Cup.

Construction is underway on six of those stadiums: Khalifa International Stadium, Education City, Al Wakrah, Lusail and Al Rayyan.

Stadiums are also planned for Ras Abu Aboud and Al Thumama.

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