One worker dead, 18 trapped at Mecca project site

The deceased worker is believed to be of Ethiopian origin, whereas the trapped individuals are reported to be Egyptian

Rescue units are working to extract the workers safely from the site. [Image courtesy: Al-Riyadh]
Rescue units are working to extract the workers safely from the site. [Image courtesy: Al-Riyadh]

One worker is believed to have died and 18 others have been injured after becoming trapped under an iron structure at a construction site in Mecca's Azizia area. 

The construction site is located behind the Sheikh Ibn Baz Grand Mosque, according to Arabic daily, Al-Riyadh.

The deceased worker is reported to be of Ethiopian origin, while the trapped individuals are believed to be Egyptian.

Commenting on behalf of the General Administration of Civil Defence in Mecca, Major Nayef al-Sharif said: "Rescue units are using the necessary technical equipments to extract the workers safely from the site. The injured are being transferred to the Red Crescent hospital for further medical attention."

Al-Sharif added that a technical committee would be set up to investigate the cause of the accident under Civil Defense supervision.

In June 2015, eight workers were rescued after becoming trapped under a collapsed building in Mecca.

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