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UK coroner blames Qatar World Cup site conditions for death

Khalifa International Stadium - Launched by Qatar's Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy

DOHA, QATAR: In this handout image supplied by Qatar 2022 on May 17, 2017, Qatar’s Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy launches Khalifa International Stadium, the first completed 2022 FIFA World Cup venue, five years before the tournament begins. (Photo by Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy/Qatar 2022 via Getty Images)

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LONDON (AP) A British coroner has blamed dangerous working practices for the death of a worker on a 2022 World Cup stadium building site in Qatar.

An inquest heard that Zachary Cox fell nearly 40 meters in January 2017 when a faulty hoist he was using to put a suspended walkway in place broke at the Khalifa International Stadium in Doha.

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The 40-year-old Cox’s safety harness snapped under the weight. He fell head first, sustaining brain injuries and a broken neck. Cox was born in South Africa but later lived in England.

Coroner Veronica Hamilton-Deeley told Brighton and Hove Coroner’s Court that site managers “knew or should have known that they were effectively requiring a group of their workers to rely on potentially lethal equipment.”

Hamilton-Deeley described a new system of hoists introduced to speed up construction as “downright dangerous.”

The stadium contractor is Midmac-Six Construct, a venture between Belgian and Qatari firms.

World Cup organizers in Doha say four people employed on the project were removed from their jobs and banned from future tournament work.