December 12, 2022

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Migrant worker dies while working at Qatar World Cup facility

A migrant worker has died while carrying out repairs at a World Cup facility in Qatar.

According to the sports website The Athletic (subscription required), the Filipino national was working at a hotel resort used as a training base for the Saudi Arabia team during the group stages of the competition.

The worker, estimated to be in his forties, was sent to the venue to fix lights in a car park. He was walking alongside a forklift truck being used for the procedure when he slipped on a ramp and fell head-first into concrete. A medical helicopter was sent but the man could not be saved.

The Athletic spoke to various sources at the site who claim the worker was not wearing a safety harness and expressed surprise that there was not a third worker who would usually assist in the work.

The man was working for the Qatari company Salam Petroleum and the incident is now being investigated by the Qatari authorities.

The World Cup has come under tremendous scrutiny over the treatment of migrant workers working on the event. A report by the Guardian suggests more than 6,500 migrant workers have died since the gulf nation was selected to host the tournament.

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