Lab worker dies in incident at Texas A&M University at Qatar

A lab worker at Texas A&M University at Qatar died last week after an incident in the engineering building, according to a statement by Mark Weichold, dean and CEO of the school.

Some sort of explosion in the lab killed petroleum engineering lab technician Hassan Kamal Hussein, who is survived by his wife and four daughters, reported the Daily Q, a student publication at Northwestern University in Qatar. Also from the Daily Q:

Haitham Al-Haidari, a senior at TAMU-Q, went with his friend to the research lab on the third floor to investigate, after hearing the sound of an explosion. They were then joined by a professor from the electrical engineering department.

“They went inside and I was going after them but then they came out looking really shocked so I didn’t go inside,” said Al-Haidari. “They said there was a guy on the ground and there was a lot of blood.”

Al-Haidari also added that it took some time for the fire alarms to set off and then everyone was evacuated from the building. Later, the medics and firefighters came inside the building.

After a team of medics and firefighters entered the building, they informed Al-Haidari and the professor that a teaching assistant had suffered fatal injuries. “The doctor who came to the building first told me and the professor that the medics and firefighters have announced that the guy has passed away.” This account matches several others, although no official confirmation has been released.

And from Doha News:

Speaking to Doha News, a student said he was next to TAMUQ’s laboratory when he heard a popping sound. He went to investigate and observed a lab coordinator unconscious on the floor, with blood in the area.

The student, who asked to remain anonymous, said it was several minutes before police were called and medical care arrived.

If anyone has more information, please feel free to post it in the comments.

Author: Jyllian Kemsley

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