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Dubai reinforcement cage failure kills five


FIVE CONSTRUCTION workers died at Dubai International Airport on Monday when a massive 40m long, 14m high steel reinforcement cage collapsed.

Local media reports quoted eyewitness claims that the accident occurred when a crane carrying a metal girder smashed into the cage.

The collapsed reinforcement was to form an 80m long, 4m wide buttress wall, part of work on the third terminal.

The United Arab EmiratesBritish Al-Naboodah-Laing O'Rourke joint venture won the £2.3bn engineering, procurement and construction contract in August last year.

Architect is Aeroports de Paris.

The terminal is divided into three main sections: terminal, concourse and car park.

Construction was due to take 30 months.

Dubai Police are investigating the collapse, as is the Dubai Department of Civil Aviation.

Neither would speculate on the cause of the collapse.

Laing O'Rourke refused to discuss the cause of the accident. Its deputy chairman Bernard Dempsey and director of health and safety Martin Doe flew to Dubai on Tuesday.

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