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Monday, September 27, 2004

IHT > Workers die in collapse at airport

: "Workers die in collapse at airport
AP ~~article_owner~~
Monday, September 27, 2004

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates A collapse at a construction site at the Dubai airport on Monday killed five people and injured a dozen, the Department of Civil Aviation said.

The department said that a section of a reinforcement cage used in constructing a wall at a new terminal fell, trapping workers.

'Twelve workers were rescued and sent to Rashid and Baraha hospitals with injuries while five succumbed in the incident,' it added, without giving the nationalities of the casualties, believed to be expatriate Asian laborers.

Workers at the site said earlier that they saw as many as 40 victims being taken away.

An official of Al-Naboodah Contracting, the main contractor at the site, said that about 150 workers were on the site when the partition fell. A worker, Daljinder Singh, said: 'The wall fell down, and we all ran to help, but there wasn't anything we could do. Rescue teams were very late in coming. It took them maybe one hour to arrive.' Another worker said, 'I saw many, many of my colleagues being taken away.'

Other workers estimated the number of victims at about 40, saying most were injured.

An airport spokeswoman, Lavina Dixit Chatterjee, said there had been 'an incident at the construction site of Terminal 3,' but did not give details.

The airport is being upgraded and expanded in a $4.1 billion program.

The design consultant for the Terminal 3 construction is A�roports de Paris International, according to the airport's official Web site.

The French firm also operates Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris, where part of a terminal collapsed in May, killing four people.

An A�roports de Paris official"

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