“When relatively young and healthy men suddenly die after working in the heat for a long time, serious questions arise about occupational safety in Qatar.”
Qatar authorities have failed to investigate thousands of deaths of migrant workers over the past decade, despite evidence of a link between the deaths and poor working conditions, according to a recent report by human rights organization Amnesty International.
Deaths have been routinely classified as having been caused by natural causes, which is why relatives have also not been entitled to compensation.
“When relatively young and healthy men suddenly die after working at work in the heat for a long time, serious questions arise about occupational safety in Qatar,” said an organization executive. Steve Cockburn in the bulletin.
“Failure to investigate these matters violates the right to life and leaves relatives alone with painful, unanswered questions.”
In the extreme, until recently, those working in the heat of almost 40 degrees have not been protected in any way other than by banning work during the hottest hours from mid – July to the end of August.
At other times, there have been no restrictions.