FOUR LABOURERS were killed and one was seriously injured when a trolley lift being used in construction work at the Crystal IT Park on Khandwa Road came off the scaffolding and crashed on the terrace of the building’s the front portion this morning.
Eyewitnesses said work on one section of the building had been completed and labourers were removing the scaffolding and giving finishing touches to the concrete work when the trolley suddenly came unhinged and crashed, trapping three labourers and hitting two others while coming down. One of the labourers fell from a height of around 50 feet and died, while another labourer died dangling from the scaffolding. The labourers could not move out of the way of the trolley, as they were wearing safety belts and were tied to the scaffolding.
Of the three labourers who were trapped under the trolley, one died before he could be extracted from under the trolley, while another died while being taken to the hospital. One labourer is still in ICU at Bombay Hospital.
The mishap victims have been identified as Sajal, Mantosh, Babulal and Mukesh Panchal. While the first three are from West Bengal (WB), Mukesh Panchal is from Manglia. The injured is Chanchal, also from WB.
The accident occurred at around 11 pm at a time when there were a large number of workers at the construction site. The labourers themselves started impromptu rescue operations, but were hampered due to lack of proper equipment.
Those trying to rescue the labourers trapped under the trolley could hear their moaning, but the trolley was too heavy to shift for the few who were present there. As news of the accident spread, a large number of truck drivers from vehicles parked along the Ring Road also joined rescue forces.
The drivers brought jacks and the trolley was lifted and the trapped men rescued from underneath. By then Babulal had already died, while Mukesh Panchal died while being taken to the hospital.
The police, including area CSP Padmavilochan Shukla and Bhanwarkuan TI Arun Mishra also reached the site soon after the accident. An ambulance was present and the moment the trapped workers were brought out, they were rushed to the MY Hospital.
Ram Raju, a spokesman of the Hyderabad-based Nagarjun Construction Company, which is constructing the IT Park, said that the accident was unfortunate, but it was not due to failure of any safety measures. He pointed out that all workers were wearing safety belts. However, he could not say how the trolley became unhinged. Labour contractor Trilok Mandal could not be traced.
Talking to Hindustan Times, D P Patwari, the executive engineer of MPAKVN who is in charge of the construction, said that the reasons for the trolley crash would be looked into. He said that it was possible that the labourers who were removing the scaffolding might have made some mistake resulting in the tragedy. CSP Shukla said that they were investigating whether any case should be registered against the construction company and the labour contractor.
Rs 80,000 for dead labourers’ kin
The deceased labourers’ kin would get Rs 80,000 in compensation. Nagarjun Construction Company would pay Rs 50,000, MPAKVN Rs 25,000 and Red Cross would pay Rs 5,000.
Patient shifted against advice
Chanchal, the injured labourer brought to MY Hospital, was later shifted to a private hospital against medical advice. “He had a massive head injury. We had also taken 10 X-rays of his head. But the patient’s family wanted to shift him to a private hospital. He has been taken there against our advice (LAMA – leave against medical advice),” the sources claimed.