The Qatari organization which is in charge of hosting the 2022 World Cup will be holding a wide-ranging inquiry which will look into the accidental deaths of the workers that took place in 2017. It will be led by a British judge who will look into the death of a British worker during construction of a stadium for the event.
The decision is seen as a breakthrough for campaigners disturbed by health and safety issues surrounding the construction of the stadiums, even though it comes relatively close to the completion of the bulk of the construction work for the tournament.
Between February 2018 and January 2019, 10 workers have died in the building sites, with nine of them dying in their bedrooms and six of those being under 36 years of age. The men were aged between 26 and 49 and five of them came from Bangladesh, three from India and two from Nepal.
Tej Narayan Tharu’s, a worker from Nepal, died in August 2018 when he fell from a high walkway at the £512m Al-Wakrah stadium.
PK Mandal, a relative of Tharu, said there are around 200 houses in the community and 30 to 40 men have gone to work abroad in the past four or five years.
“Foreign employment has brought a lot of success, but this is the third death in that time,” he added. Three other Al-Wakrah stadium workers have died since then, all off-site. Bhupendra Magar, 35, and Ramsis Mukhiya, 52, both from Nepal who had been working on the al-Wakrah stadium, died in their labor camp between shifts in May and June last year, respectively. Their families are still waiting for compensation from their employers in Qatar.