x Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 17 January 2018

Worker found dead at Dubai Municipality landfill

A worker was found dead after he was apparently run over by a bulldozer at the Dubai Municipality landfill in Al Qusais.

DUBAI // A worker from a private scrap company was found dead at the Dubai Municipality landfill in Al Qusais this morning.

Municipality officials said the man may have been run over by a bulldozer last night, but the body was found only this morning.

"At night, the worker was hit by a bulldozer or some work equipment," said Naji Alradhi, head of the municipality's waste treatment section at the Waste Management Department.

"Only this morning, the body had been found. It was probably because the safety procedures were not followed by the company," he said.

Mr Alradhi said police investigations into the death had just started.

The Al Qusais landfill is one of the oldest and largest dumping sites for general waste. It was established in the 1970s and spans more than 3.5 kilometres. It receives more than half of the general waste - 4,000 of 7,000 tonnes - generated every day in Dubai.