Fatal accident costs company dear

ABU DHABI — The Federal Supreme Court has ordered a private port services company to pay Dh200,000 'Diya' (blood money) to the family of an employee who died as a result of an occupational hazard.

By Nada S. Mussallam

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Published: Fri 3 Jun 2005, 11:56 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 7:56 PM

This came after the company appealed against the ruling of Ajman Sharia Court which had ordered payment of Diya of Dh150,000.

The Ajman Court's ruling was based on Islamic Sharia laws and Article 1/342 of the Federal Penal Code. The victim, Shafeeiallah Abdul Rasheed, died when a heavy log weighing about half a tonne crushed him while he was unloading a shipment, eyewitnesses said.

The forensic report said the heavy log smashed his skull and caused haemorrhage accompanied with shock, which led to his death.

The company, Al Emarat Li Khadamat Al Mawani, was slapped with charges of failing to provide the worker with necessary measures against hazards at the workplace. The Supreme Federal Court not only rejected the company's appeal, but also raised the Diya amount to Dh200,000.

The General Attorney found the company guilty of causing the death of the labourer by failing to adhere to laws governing labour relations in accordance with the Federal Labour Law No. 8 of 1980. The company had not taken occupational health and safety measures to protect employees from work-related accidents and risks.

The company was also held responsible for failing to supervise labourers during working hours to make sure they follow safety measures, since the labourer was not wearing a helmet while unloading the shipment, eyewitness accounts said.

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