Prevent Mecca Crane Collapse from Happening Again

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Target: Chair of construction company Saudi Binladin, Bakr bin Laden

Goal: Enforce stricter safety regulations to prevent future disasters after a crane collapsed on the Grand Mosque of Mecca.

A crane collapsed on top of the Grand Mosque of Mecca and killed over one hundred people worshipping there on the Islamic day of prayer. The crane was thrown over by a rainstorm occurring in the area at the time, falling into the east side of the world’s largest mosque and killing 107 people and injuring 238 others. Many of these people were a part of an annual pilgrimage made internationally by Muslim worshippers in respect of one of the five pillars of Islam, which requires every Muslim physically and financially capable to trek to the holy city of Mecca.

Construction is underway to expand the mosque and prevent the risk of stampedes during the world pilgrimage that will occur in the following week. Stampedes have killed thousands in the past. That death toll has not been prevented, unfortunately, because of the failure of this construction machinery. Tell the construction company working on this mosque to raise their safety standards and regulations so that this incident is never repeated.

PETITION LETTER:

To the Chair of Saudi Binladin Construction Bakr bin Laden:

The Grand Mosque is a very heavily populated place. It has become so flooded with people during Hajj at times that Muslim pilgrims have been crushed to death by the crowds. To prevent this, the country of Saudi Arabia has taken on the challenge of expanding the mosque and easing the effort of crowd control in a sea of people that can expand to over two million pilgrims at a time. Unfortunately, this task became counter-intuitive in the interest of casualty prevention when a crane collapsed onto the east side of the mosque last week and killed over a hundred people, as well as injuring double that amount.

The day of the accident, nearby areas had been struggling with sandstorms and Mecca was in the midst of a windy rainstorm. However, this should not be enough to knock over a very heavy and very dangerous piece of machinery such as a construction crane. If a piece of heavy equipment is going to be working outdoors at all times, it should be able to endure extreme weather conditions, let alone mild weather. Please enforce stricter safety regulations on your construction equipment before it is put into use to prevent the death of any more people in the coming week of Hajj.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Turki Al-Fassam

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  1. worried about stampede? no stampede!

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