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Dubai bridge collapses

Five workers injured in Sheikh Zayed Road bridge fall, second major accident in 8 months.

A bridge under construction on the First Interchange on Dubai’s Sheikh Zayed Road collapsed on Monday, injuring five workers and sparking concerns over the safety and the quality of work on construction sites in the emirate.

Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) said in an Arabic language statement emailed to Arabian Business the accident was caused by the collapse of pillars and scaffolding supporting the bridge, after a miscalculation by the project contractor.

The injured workers suffered medium and minor injuries, the RTA said. The accident occurred at about 2am on Monday, damaging about fifty metres of the metro viaduct bridge.

The collapse occurred close to the Dubai metro line, but the metro was unaffected.

This is the second bridge collapse in the past eight months in Dubai; a similar incident occurred in November when a bridge collapsed in Dubai Marina, killing seven workers.

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kaptain 11 years ago

Quality compromised, insurance companies are in for a ride..

Anzar Badarudeen 11 years ago

We can see the deck support is very poor, how the frames can take such a big load? This is very unfortunate.

Mazhar Mohad 11 years ago

Is anything in Dubai ever constructed with quality and safety. Its time for the city slow down and concentrate on quality projects. The last thing you want is for the so called iconic building constructions to become a lesson to the world.

Peter 11 years ago

RTA should be more alert on what construction companies are doing, it is not enough to give out projects to sub-contractors without surveillance of what these companies are doing.