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Qatar stadia work passes 116 million hours

The number of construction hours worked on the stadia being built to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar has passed 116 million man hours.

The mega-project recently passed 150 million man hours across all sites, including 116 million man hours at stadium construction sites alone.

Following the completion of Khalifa International Stadium– Qatar’s first tournament-ready venue – in May 2017, the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC) said it is advancing as scheduled with work on the remaining seven venues.

Yasir Al Jamal, vice chairman of the SC’s Technical Delivery Office said:

Major progress continues to be made across our stadium sites – and this is credit to not only the work of the SC, but also our various stakeholders, contractors and sub-contractors.

From day one, we have committed to strong collaboration with all our partners – particularly in relation to the health and safety of our workers. Reaching 150 million man hours is a notable landmark as we continue our journey towards 2022.

More than 30,000 people are currently engaged on SC projects, with 26,000 directly involved in the construction of proposed Qatar 2022 stadiums.

Meanwhile, a 23-year-old man from Nepal lost his life while working at the Al Wakrah Stadium project site.

His next of kin has been informed and the relevant Qatari and Nepali authorities have been notified. An investigation has been launched and further details about the incident will be released in due course.

With regard to health and safety, more than 90,000 people have undertaken site safety inductions, while the SC’s Health & Safety Assurance Division has overseen 1,800 site safety visits.

In addition, the SC organises monthly Safety Health and Environment Leadership Team meetings with key stakeholders, including the Ministry of Labour, Ashghal and Qatar Rail.

Since 2016, the SC has worked alongside Building and Woodworkers International, a global trade union, to carry out joint health and safety inspections, while contractors are encouraged to visit different project sites to share lessons learned and best practices.

Al Jamal added:

The health, safety and wellbeing of our workers is our number one priority. We remain committed to regular inspections and collaboration opportunities, both of which allow us to share knowledge and lessons learned.