Unskilled expat workers blamed for ‘oil’ mishaps

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KUWAIT CITY, Nov 3: Member of the Board of Directors of the Kuwait National Petroleum Company’s Workers’ Syndicate, Muhammad Abdullah Al-Kandari, said the union had asked the company more than once to look into the quality of foreign technical workers in the maintenance department and had warned that unskilled workers may cause unimaginable accidents, reports Al-Qabas daily.

In this Jan. 14 photo made available on Kuwait National Petroleum Company’s Twitter account, fire fighters try to extinguish the fire at the Mina al-Ahmadi oil refinery in Kuwait. A fire erupted during maintenance work at a major oil refinery in Kuwait on Friday, killing two workers and critically injuring 10 others, KNPC said. (AP)

Al-Kandari went on to say, “Unfortunately, what we had previously warned of has happened – successive explosions and fires, some of which resulted in deaths caused by less-experienced foreign labor, and contractor companies that do not have the expertise and technical manpower needed to manage such a vital sector.”

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