Two Indian labourers died and six were injured on Tuesday after the floor of the house they were constructing collapsed in Muscat.
A concrete slab fell away from the second floor and fell on top of the two labourers who were working underneath. Six other Indian labourers were also injured by falling debris.
"We are not sure exactly what made the slab drop but our investigation leads to the removal of the supporting scaffolding before the concrete set properly," said a police spokesman.
The police are seeking the contractor for questioning.
A construction expert said it normally takes about 15 days for the concrete floors of a residential house to mature, a process that involves watering the new floor to allow steel and concrete to bond.
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