H&S flaws claim lives of workers

Last week saw seven construction workers across two projects lose their lives.

Last week saw seven construction workers across two projects lose their lives.

The ceiling of Laguna Beach Hotel, which is under construction in Ajman, collapsed claiming the lives of six workers.

The company building the hotel is Sidco General Contracting.

The accident occurred during a concrete pour.

The ground floor, where the concrete was being poured, collapsed onto the basement where workers were present.

At time of publication, a Sidco engineer who wished to remain anonymous said: "The bodies of three workers have been found. They are still looking for the remaining three.

The workers were of Sikh descent from India and we will compensate their families in accordance to the regulations in the country."

He said that the accident was being investigated by authorities and that the workers were not supposed to be in the basement at the time of the collapse.

Ajman police detained all Sidco officials for interrogation.

HH Sheikh Humaid bin Rashid Al Nuaimi, ruler of Ajman, and Sheikh Ammar bin Humaid Al Nuaimi, crown prince of Ajman also visited the site on the day of the accident and expressed their anger over the poor construction quality.

In the second incident, a Chinese worker, Qiwen Li, was crushed to death after a panel, used to attach part of the Burj Dubai's exterior cladding, fell on him. Developer Emaar said he was taken to hospital but died later the same day.

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