Work-related deaths continue at İstanbul's new airport

A worker lost his life because of a work-related accident at İstanbul's new airport construction site where thousands of workers still work despite the official inauguration
Tuesday, 13 November 2018 00:55

A 32-year-old worker died of a work-related accident on November 11 at the construction site of İstanbul's new airport which had been officially inaugurated on October 29.

According to Turkey's Workers' Health and Work Safety Assembly (İSİG), Seyithan Kaya, 32, died at the construction site after falling down an elevator shaft on Sunday. The dead body of the worker was transferred to İstanbul's Forensic Medicine Institute.

The workers' health assembly had declared a detailed report around one and a half months ago, announcing that at least 37 workers lost their lives during the work-related accidents at İstanbul's new airport construction site. The airport has often come to the fore with workers' deaths, long and poor working conditions, mobbing and unhealthy food and sheltering services.

İstanbul's new mega-airport was officially launched on October 29, Turkey's Republic Day, with the attendance of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan who declared the name of the new airport as "İstanbul Airport". The construction works are still continuing at some parts of the airport which is in service partially.

Tens of thousands of workers had been rushed to work day and night to finish İstanbul's new airport project until October 29, Turkey's Republic Day, at the request of Erdoğan and his AKP government with the aim of turning the inauguration ceremony into a show-off, while the construction works are now claimed to be finished on December 31 as around 25 thousands of workers are still working.