x Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 22 July 2017

Engineer blamed in fatal fall

Prosecutors say he ordered a designer onto the roof to fix a leak.

DUBAI // An architect caused the death of one of his workers by failing to ensure he followed safety regulations while checking a roof leak, a court heard this morning.

SJ, 39, an Indian, was responsible for the death of MJ, a designer, the Court of Misdemeanours was told.
Records said that on January 17, MJ noticed rain leaking through the company's workshop ceiling and went to the roof to fix the leak. Instead, he fell to his death.

His colleague KS, a 42-year-old carpenter, testified that about 11.30am on that day, MJ said he would climb onto the roof to fix the leak.

But a few minutes later, KS testified, he saw him lying on the ground. KS told prosecutors he did not know whether SJ had ordered MJ to fix the leak.

Police were called and MJ was taken to Rashid Hospital, where he died of multiple injures to his head, chest, back and abdomen.

Dubai Municipality inspectors investigated the accident and filed a report saying the workshop was not a safe work environment. The company was fined and issued a warning.

The next hearing will be on July 12.

salamir@thenational.ae