Contractor detained over deadly roof collapse

One worker killed in mosque construction accident

The collapse happened in the Al Manar district of Jeddah (Getty Images)
The collapse happened in the Al Manar district of Jeddah (Getty Images)

A Yemeni contractor was detained by Saudi authorities yesterday after the roof of a mosque under construction in Jeddah collapsed on Friday killing one worker and injuring several others.

Saudi media reported today that the search is continuing for more victims under the wreckage in the Al-Manar district.

Colonel Abdullah Al-Jiddawi of Jeddah’s Civil Defense told the Saudi Gazette that the contractor was using workers in violation of residency regulations whose lack of experience in the construction sector may have caused the roof’s collapse.

A full investigation has been launched into the accident with engineers from the Mayor’s office taking part. Al-Jiddawi said the investigation will look at the method of construction used, the fact that there were no supporting concrete pillars and whether the contractor had the appropriate construction license.

The 750m2 roof is said to have collapsed while cement was being poured on it. A number of workers were on top and below the roof at the time of the accident.

Civil Defence has reported that nine workers were rescued and the body of one worker was recovered. Rescue teams have so far removed 20% of the debris and are continuing to search for more victims.

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