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    PRIME MINISTER PRAISES UK CONSTRUCTION SAFETY

    World Cup 2022 projects can learn from Olympics 2012 safety management  

    It has been reported by the Guardian that David Cameron urges Qatar to improve safety for World Cup workers

    The Prime Minister said the British construction industry set a good example when it was preparing for the 2012 London Olympics

    David Cameron has urged Qatar to improve standards of care for World Cup stadium workers following a Guardian investigation which revealed that alarming numbers of migrant labourers are dying in the building boom in the runup to the 2022 showpiece.

    The PM said Qatar might learn from the 2012 London Olympics construction build when he told BBC Radio 5:

    “My message is that they ought to insist on better. We, in the Olympics, I think I’m right in saying, managed to build that entire Olympic Park with the best ever record on safety – no one dying during construction, keeping injuries to an absolute minimum. It can be done. The British construction industry we really can hold up as a good example to the rest of the world.”

    The Prime Minister added that the British construction industry had not had such a good record in the past but that “everyone has a duty to insist on the best safety standards”.

    In the lead up to the 2022 World Cup some $100bn (£60bn) will be spent on constructing football stadiums, a new airport, a highway to Bahrain, railway and metro network plus 29 new hotels.

    The Guardian report that from 4 June to 8 August 2013 the number of  Nepalese worker deaths on construction projects reached 44 with about half of the deaths “caused by heart failure or accidents”. 

    Qatar has pledged to “crack down on private building companies who exploit migrant workers”. The labour minister, Saleh al-Khulaifi, said the state would recruit more inspectors to mount raids and checks on companies to ensure they complied with labour laws and hire more interpreters to speed up the treatment of complaints from foreign workers.

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