Safety concerns raised about Qatar World Cup stadium safety

June 23, 2017
In this November 9, 2014 file photo, construction work is under way at the Khalifa Stadium in Doha, Qatar. An investigation into why a British man fell to his death on a Qatar World Cup site has raised concerns about stadium roof safety. World Cup organisers on Thursday, June 22, 2017 released partial findings of the assessment of the accident at the Khalifa International Stadium, but said the full report cannot be released while local authorities continue their own investigation. (AP Photo)

An investigation into why a British man fell to his death on a building site for the 2022 Qatar World Cup has raised concerns about stadium roof safety.

World Cup organisers yesterday released partial findings of an assessment of the accident at the Khalifa International Stadium, but said the full report cannot be released while local authorities continue their own investigation.

It is one of two work-related deaths detailed in Qatar's latest welfare report on preparations for the 2022 football tournament, which currently involves 12,367 workers on eight construction sites.

The 40-year-old British man fell 39 metres in January after one end-of-the-roof catwalk he was installing dropped and a safety rope snapped.

"During the course of the investigation, the team had raised concerns about the method of installation of the raised catwalk system," the welfare report from Qatar's World Cup organisers stated. "This required further investigation regarding the method itself and the supervision skills of the specialist contractor staff."

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