Fifa have recently been branded that they are putting “profit before safety.”
This is in relation to the construction of the 2022 World Cup stadium in Qatar. As now, a British worker has died after falling from a platform. His safety harness was cut during the fall, leading to his death. Prior to the fall though, the gentleman was working on the lighting and sound for the stadium.
However, this British man is apparently not the only victim to have died on this construction project. Instead, he is the second stadium worker who has been reported dead in the past 3 months.
The construction company running the job stated though that the British man’s death was due a lever hoist. This was supporting the platform and apparently failed unexpectedly.
However, Amnesty, a rights group, have been campaigning against the conditions for workers here since 2015. They’ve even accused Qatar of forced labour! They raised this alarm following reports that stated around 1,200 workers had died during the construction of the World Cup buildings.
The shadow sports minister for labour also supports these claims. She states: “this kind of incident is becoming all too common…and it’s unacceptable that basic health and safety precautions are not being followed.”
She continued by declaring that Fifa’s new president should, “show where his priorities lie, launch an urgent investigation and ensure everything is done to protect workers.”
Fifa has responded to the incident though stating that it “deeply regrets” the loss of a life on site. They also claimed that local authorities in Qatar would also be investigating.
These authorities though have regularly insisted that there is satisfactory worker’s safety on the World Cup sites. However, Qatar’s worker’s rights records are currently being reviewed though by the International Labour Organisation.
So what do you think? Do you think a lack of health and safety is to blame? Are Fifa truly putting profit before safety? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.