Casualties in Marina scaffolding collapse

Two workers were killed and three more injured by a scaffolding collapse at the Dubai Marina last week.

Two workers were killed and three more injured by a scaffolding collapse at the Dubai Marina last week.

The contractor, ETA Ascon, has announced compensation of US $23,330 (AED 85,621) plus three years' salary to the families of the dead workers.

The accident happened on the night of Wednesday 27 November in the basement of a residential block.

The workers were carrying out plumbing work when scaffolding from floors 11 to 36 suddenly collapsed.

Rescue teams searched the scaffolding and rubble for survivors, eventually pulling them free after ten hours.

A source close to the company said: "As far as I know, this is the first time the company has been involved in such a serious accident.

"We are still investigating the cause of the accident, and until the investigation is over there is not much more we can say.

"Everyone is very shocked and upset for the workers and their families."

One of the injured workers was Hameed Sultan, 23, who came to Dubai to provide for his family back in Tamil Nadu, India. Sultan said he was trapped for 10 hours by a wooden block.

The scaffolding collapse follows an accident which killed seven workers at a bridge under construction in Dubai Marina earlier in November.

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