Equipment supplier, engineer fined for death at Texas A&M University at Qatar
Dec27

Equipment supplier, engineer fined for death at Texas A&M University at Qatar

A Qatar court has determined sentences for a supplier of petroleum engineering equipment and one of its employees for a 2014 explosion that killed Texas A&M University in Qatar lab technician Hassan Kamal Hussein, Doha News reports. The court fined the company approximately $5,500 and the employee $2,700. “both guilty parties were ordered to pay [$54,900] to Hussein’s family members in blood money,” the Doha News story says. The company is identified as “Interventions,” which might be Intervention Rentals. Hussein was working with equipment to produce gasoline from natural gas, and a natural gas leak likely led to the explosion. The company and employee were charged with involuntary manslaughter, according to an earlier Doha News story. Hussein was survived by a wife and four children, who were between ages six and 12 when he died, Doha News...

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Trial starts for Texas A&M University at Qatar fatality
Apr29

Trial starts for Texas A&M University at Qatar fatality

Nearly one year ago, Hassan Kamal Hussein died after an incident in an engineering lab at Texas A&M University at Qatar. Doha News now reports that a trial has started in the case. Some details from the Doha News story: Hussein is identified as a laboratory coordinator and he suffered fatal head and neck wounds in an explosion. He was using some sort of equipment that was being installed to produce gasoline (petrol) from natural gas. The department chairman had advised staff not to use the equipment. But apparently Hussein did anyway, and there was a natural gas leak. Although the story says that “using the machinery before it was completely connected to the lab apparatus should not have led to an explosion,” if there was a methane leak, it probably found an ignition source in the lab. The people charged in the case are an unnamed engineer who allegedly tried to fix the equipment, and the equipment’s manufacturer. Both were charged with involuntary manslaughter I reached out to a few petroleum engineering faculty at other institutions to see if they have any idea what the equipment was, but I haven’t heard back. A prior Doha News story <a href="http://dohanews.co/donation-drive-held-family-deceased-tamuq-lab-coordinator/"says it was a vapor-liquid...

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Lab worker dies in incident at Texas A&M University at Qatar
Jun04

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...

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