One labourer was killed when an under-construction building at a steel factory collapsed here on Sunday morning. Thirteen were injured, some of them critically.
This is the second such mishap here in over a month. On September 9, six labourers were killed and many injured when a departmental store, which was being renovated, collapsed in NIT area.
The Sunday mishap, which took place around 11.30 am, was at Melco Steel and Wire Industries in Faridabad’s Sector 24. Dozens of labourers were working in the building then.
Eyewitnesses told HT the ceiling collapsed while construction work was on.
Soon, rescue operations began with fire brigade and police personnel.
They recovered the body of Sri Ram Mehto, a labourer from Chapra in Bihar. Many labourers and a contractor were injured.
Around three-four of them were rushed to B.K. Hospital in critical condition. The rest were discharged after treatment.
“We were working when the huge ceiling crumbled on us,” said Khuman (40) a labourer from Chatterpur in Madhya Pradesh, from
his hospital bed.
Raj Kumar, another labourer from Bihar’s Motihari district, said the sudden collapse left many of them critically injured.
Those admitted to the Faridabad hospital were critical of its administration.
“I have not received medicine. I am writhing in pain due to multiple injuries,” said Ram Sehai from Karoli village in Sawai Madhopur district of Rajasthan.
“Over 100 labourers were working at the time of the mishap,” Sehai, who has been working on the project for the last one year, claimed. The figure could not be independently verified.
“One labourer died in the mishap whereas others received minor injuries,” said Faridabad deputy commissioner Praveen Kumar, adding, a probe has been ordered into the incident.
“A case is being registered and investigations will subsequently follow,” deputy commssioner of police (NIT area) Pravin Kumar said.
Police have registered a case against the owner of the factory and the building’s contractor. No arrests have been made.
Factory authorities could not be reached for comments despite repeated attempts.