In the latest incident to affect the stadium construction in Qatar for the 2022 World Cup, a fire had broken out near the Thumama Stadium. According to iloveqatar, the fire was extinguished without any casualties at the stadium which is still being constructed.
This is the latest safety issue to affect the stadiums and other constructions taking place for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. It is important to note that Qatar has failed to implement the basic safety measures as per international standards or even the specifications requested by FIFA.
Such lack of safety standards have already resulted in several deaths. According to The National, a British builder fell to his death while operating potentially dangerous equipment. The coroner’s report noted that the work practices at the stadium where the builder was working were inherently unsafe. The site managers may have known about the safety issues but failed to take any proper precautions.
This may show that the Qataris are failing to care for the future safety of all the fans who will be attending the World Cup. It is not safety issues, however, that is affecting the world cup construction.
There is also the issue of non-payment to the workers. ESPN has noted that contractors have failed to pay the workers for months at a time. This is certainly a major human rights issue.