In the absence of more transparent statistics, it is difficult to take a view on the extent to which these recorded death tolls (and injury reports) involving migrant workers are attributable to the working conditions and / or breaches of health and safety standards (in particular in the construction sector) in Qatar.Going forward, it is crucial that the State of Qatar properly classifies causes of deaths. It is critical to collect and disseminate accurate statistics and data in relation to work-related injuries and deaths. If there are any sudden or unexpected deaths, autopsies or post-mortems should be performed in order to determine the cause of death. If there are any unusual trends in causes of deaths, such as high instances of cardiac arrest, then these ought to be properly studied in order to determine whether preventative measures need to be taken.
May 27, 2015 at 3:17 PM EDT