Dh70,000 compensation for family of worker who died after falling from scaffolding

ismail@khaleejtimes.com Filed on February 21, 2021

Official court documents stated that the man accidentally fell off the cradle and landed on the ground.

The parents of a worker, who died after falling from a scaffolding while carrying out maintenance of CCTV cameras on a building, have been awarded Dh70,000 in compensation.

The Al Ain Civil Court of First Instance instructed the contracting and maintenance company to pay the compensation to the parents of the Asian man, in addition to the blood money, for causing his death due to negligence.

Official court documents stated that the man accidentally fell off the cradle and landed on the ground. He died of the injuries sustained from the impact of the fall.

Police investigations had revealed that there was negligence on the part of the maintenance firm in providing the necessary safety measures to the workers, which led to the fatal fall.

Prosecutors had charged the company with negligence and failure to comply with safety requirements.

The Al Ain Criminal Court First Instance had earlier ordered the firm to pay Dh200,000 blood money to the worker’s parents after it was found guilty of causing his death due to negligence.

The worker’s parents then filed a lawsuit against the company demanding Dh100,000 in compensation for the moral and material damages.

The parents said in their lawsuit that the victim was their only son, who was taking care of them and was the sole bread winner.

After hearing from all parties, the court decided that the company compensate the parents with Dh70,000 for their loss.

The company’s lawyer had argued that his client had already been obliged by the criminal court to pay blood money to the parents.

But the civil court judge said in his ruling that according to the Civil Transactions Law, entitlement to blood money doesn’t prevent the victim’s parents from claiming other damages they suffered due to the death of their son.



Ismail Sebugwaawo

A professional journalist originating from Kampala, Uganda, Ismail is a happy father with strong attachment to family and great values for humanity. He has practiced journalism in UAE for the past 13 years, covering the country's parliament (FNC) and crimes, including Abu Dhabi Police, public prosecution and courts. He also reports about important issues in education, public health and the environment, with a keen interest in human interest stories. When out of reporting duties, he serves the Ugandan community in Abu Dhabi as he wants to see his countrymen happy. Exercising and reading are part of his free time.

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