Varsity employee dies in lab mishap

May 29, 2014 - 3:45:02 am

DOHA: A man died in an accident that happened in a laboratory at one of the international universities in the Education City yesterday.

The victim was an employee of the Texas A&M University at Qatar and he died “while working in a laboratory” at its Engineering Building, the university said in a statement last evening.

The statement issued on behalf of Dr Mark H Weichold, Dean and CEO of Texas A&M University at Qatar, did not give details about the accident nor disclosed the name and nationality of the victim. The university said it was working closely with Qatar Foundation and government to determine the cause of the incident.

“This is an unspeakable tragedy, and words cannot convey my condolences and compassion for his family, friends and colleagues. All of us share their grief,” said the statement.

A Twitter alert by the university at around 1pm said: “Texas A&M Engineering Building is closed because of an emergency. Please stay away from the building. Updates will follow.”

Classes for today at Texas A&M University at Qatar have been cancelled and will resume on Sunday, June 1, the university said in the statement. However, students will be allowed in the campus today, it added.

“The Texas A&M Engineering Building will be open today and employees should report to work as usual. As our community copes with this loss, Texas A&M in Qatar is coordinating counseling for employees and students,” said the statement. The Peninsula

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