An investigation has been launched into the death of a Filipino at a World Cup training site, officials announced on Thursday.
The treatment of migrant workers by Qatar has been the subject of intense scrutiny during the build-up to the tournament. Human rights groups have accused Qatar of systematic labour abuses.
The government has rejected the proposal.
Nasser Al Khater, the chief executive of the 2022 World Cup in Doha, confirmed to Reuters that a worker had died but did not provide further details. A condolence letter was sent to the deceased’s family, and he expressed the view that “death is a natural part of life”.
The Philippines’ foreign ministry has confirmed that one of its nationals has died while working at a resort south of Doha. According to the statement, its embassy is working with legal authorities to determine more details regarding his passing.
On Wednesday, The Athletic reported that the man worked for a company contracted to fix lights at Sealine Resort, where the Saudi national team trains. According to the report, he died after slipping off a ramp while walking alongside a forklift and striking his head on concrete.
According to multiple unidentified sources, the accident occurred during the World Cup, but the exact date was not given.
A statement from the Philippines stated that it would not provide any further details out of respect for the man’s family. In response to Reuters’ inquiry, the resort did not respond.
Suppose the investigation determines that safety protocols were not followed. In that case, the company will be subject to legal action as well as severe financial penalties, according to an official from the Qatari government who declined to be identified.
As a result of strict health and safety standards and increased enforcement in Qatar, work-related accidents have consistently declined.
DEATH NUMBERS DISPUTED
Qatar has been under scrutiny since it won World Cup hosting rights in 2010 because of its treatment of migrant workers.
Controversy has surrounded the tournament, the first to take place in the Middle East, where other countries have also been criticized for the treatment of migrant workers. Some soccer stars have criticised Qatar’s human rights record, including in regard to labour rights, LGBT+ rights, and women’s rights.
In a statement, Qatar’s World Cup organizers said they were not involved in the Qatari investigation since “the deceased (was) working as a contractor, not under SC’s remit”.
Qatar has a dispute regarding the number of deaths caused by work.
According to calculations from official records, at least 6,500 migrant workers have died in Qatar since 2010, according to Britain’s Guardian newspaper.
Qatar responded that the death toll was proportional to the number of migrants and included many non-manual workers. It added that each life lost was tragic. According to the SC, there have been three work-related deaths and 37 non-work-related deaths related to projects associated with the World Cup.
Khater expressed disappointment at journalists’ questions regarding the report in The Athletic, stating that “death is a natural part of life, whether it occurs at work or in your sleep.”.
“We are currently participating in a World Cup. It has been a successful World Cup for us. “Is this something you wish to discuss right now?” he said.