TODAY’S – 3 Turkish workers killed after tunnel partially collapses in Arbil

3 Turkish workers killed after tunnel partially collapses in ArbilThree Turkish laborers working on a tunnel in the Masif Selahaddin district of Arbil in northern Iraq were killed after part of the tunnel collapsed on Monday.According to media reports the workers were trapped in the Pirmam Tunnel, under construction by a Turkish company, after iron bars installed inside it collapsed.

The workers were two brothers –Ahmet Iahin (45) and Mehmet Iahin (40) — and Celal Bilmen (55).The workersand#39 bodies, which were taken to the Rizgari Hospital morgue, will be repatriated to Turkey.

An Iraqi news portal also reported that four other injured workers are being treated at the hospital.As stability was restored in Iraqand#39s predominantly Kurdish region following the US invasion of the country, tens of Turkish companies flocked to cities like Arbil to undertake large-scale reconstruction projects.

This trend later attracted even more Turkish contractors to build new projects in Kurdish-controlled parts of Iraq, bringing in thousands of Turks to work on these sites.Turkey itself has one of the worldand#39s worst records of deaths in workplace-related accidents.

In 2014, 1,800 workers were killed in job accidents in Turkey — the third largest number of worker deaths in the world after El Salvador and Algeria Official figures show 173 work-related accidents take place on average per day in Turkey with five workers dying each day in these accidents. Construction leads the list of sectors with the highest number of workers killed in Turkey amid lax safety regulations and legal loopholes.

SOURCE: Today’s Zaman