x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 25 July 2017

Second worker identified from scaffold tragedy

The man who died at the hospital after falling from collapsed building scaffolding at the weekend has been identified by co-workers.

DUBAI // The worker who died yesterday in the hospital after sustaining injuries in a construction scaffolding collapse at the weekend has been identified by co-workers.

Siraj Mia of Bangladesh died on Sunday at Rashid Hospital, his co-workers said. He worked for the Al Qandeel company, the main contracting company for the project.

Mr Mia was one of three people who died as a result of the accident in Dubailand on Dubai-Al Ain Road on Saturday morning. There were 200 labourers working at the site when the accident happened. Two men died on the site of the accident.

Mohammed Javed Jafar Pawte, 30, from Rajasthan, was one of the men who died on the spot, his co-workers and a family member said.

The name of the other worker who died, from a labour supplying company, is yet to be known. He is believed to be from Bangladesh.

Consultants from the project said that six workers still remain in the hospital.

"The main contractor is following up with the case. One worker has been discharged after undergoing treatment," said the engineer Nader Ali, project manager for Adnan Saffarini consultants.

Mr Ali said that work remains suspended at the site as the contractors are waiting for the investigations to be completed. He also said that only eight workers were taken to the hospital, not nine as reported by police.

Dubai Municipality in co-operation with the freezone authority Tecom is carrying out investigations. A report detailing the cause of the accident is expected to be released today.

A total of four building workers have been confirmed dead and more than a dozen were injured after scaffolding at work sites in Abu Dhabi and Dubai collapsed after a weekend of high winds and rain.

Dubai Police alleged the people in charge of the site, not the weather, were to blame.

The site engineer and labour supervisor at Dubailand project have been charged with criminal negligence.

Abu Dhabi Police said they would release details of that accident, which happened on Friday, today.

frahman@thenational.ae