The UAE’s top court ordered a construction company to pay Dh200,000 diya (blood money) to the family of a worker who died after falling down from the 19th floor of a building under construction in Abu Dhabi.
The Federal Supreme Court (FSC) upheld a previous court sentence ordering the foreman and the company’s manager to pay the diya and fining them after they were found guilty of flouting safety measures at the construction site.
Court records showed that the worker was on duty on the 19th floor when the wooded planks he was using snapped.
Investigation also showed that he was not wearing a safety belt during work and the prosecutor accused the firm of negligence by failing to provide that belt.
The prosecutor accused the foreman and the manager of negligence and violating safety regulations at the site, causing the worker to fall down and land on the 5th floor.
A Court of First Instance fined the two defendants Dh2,000 for negligence and ordered them to pay Dh200,000 diya, prompting them to appeal the verdict.
A Court of Appeals issued the same sentence while the court of cassation rejected their plea.
“The FSC also rejected an appeal by the manager and the foreman and upheld a court sentence holding them responsible for the worker’s death,” ‘Emarat Al Youm’ daily said.