The Qatar World Cup and its Health and Safety problems
With the world cup in Brazil now underway and crowds flocking to the new modern, beautiful stadiums, it can be easily placed to the back of our minds exactly how these stadiums were built. This is not a technical question but instead a question surrounding the health of the workers that built these stadiums. In recent weeks, the 2022 World Cup in Qatar has been found in a whirlwind of media attention and scrutiny due to bribery allegations involving FIFA and its key members. But what about the workers in Qatar?
Recent stories have emerged from Qatar detailing severe health and safety violations, especially regarding migrants who have flooded to Qatar with the promise of work. Instances of injuries and negligence have included injuries to limbs, food and water deprivation and unsafe living conditions. Due to these stories, the International Trade Union Confederation has warned that as many as 4,000 workers will die by the time the first ball is kicked in the 2022 world cup.
One can make the assumption with large scale construction and tight deadlines that accidents are inevitable. This is not the case and can be presented with the recent Olympic events held in Britain. Over the course of the Olympics construction project there were no work-related fatalities.
Researchers of the project discovered that specific planning and communication elements during the project allowed the working environment to be safe but also incredibly efficient to meet the deadline. The communication between clients, contractors, designers, workers and regulators meant that all employees worked together to achieve the same goal.
Due to the recent health and safety stories emerging from Qatar, FIFA has now proposed a change in their rules. The new rule would mean that countries applicable for the world cup tournament must present a satisfactory health and safety record which will allow safer working environments for workers on the construction projects.