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British engineers killed in Bahrain boat tragedy


ATKINS HAS rushed trauma counsellors to Bahrain following last week's pleasure boat disaster in which 57 people, including some of the consultant's staff, died.

Among the dead were at least six Atkins staff, who had been working on the Bahrain World Trade Center project.

South African contractor Murray & Roberts also sent counsellors to the scene to help those of its staff caught up in the tragedy.

All the passengers on board were celebrating the topping out of the twin 240m high towers on the £85M Trade Center. Work on the project had resumed on a limited scale by Tuesday and is expected to be back in full swing by next week.

Atkins confirmed the identities of six staff who died plus two of their wives.

A total of 10 of the Atkins party of 14 lost their lives, but names of the remaining two casualties had not been released as NCE went to press. Books of condolence have been opened at the Atkins site office and at other Atkins offices world wide.

Falsework supplier RMD Kwikform general manager Philip Moody also died after rescuing his wife and another woman passenger.

Murray & Roberts lost 10 senior staff, one of whose partners died as well. Several of the contractor's team were from the UK. The employers of the other 35 casualties were unknown as NCE went to press.

In a statement, Murray & Roberts said it had mobilised a replacement management team to take leadership of the project.

It is working in joint venture with local firm Nass.

It added: 'Safety in the workplace is about 'state of mind' and we need to be certain that our managers and supervisors are focused on the job and not on the tragedy.'

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