Two Indian workers were killed and three others injured in an accident at a construction site in Dubai. The deceased, identified as Nizamuddin, 25, and Sulaiman, 23, hailed from the south Indian state of Tamil Nadu.
The two men died when the scaffolding on the 27th floor of a building under construction in the Dubai Marina area in Dubai collapsed Wednesday evening, according to reports in Dubai. "I did not understand initially what had happened. I saw a number of labourers fleeing from the scene, while many others were screaming for help," the Khaleej Times newspaper quoted an eyewitness as saying.
Dubai Police rushed all the injured to the Rashid Hospital. "The victims, workers of ETA Melco Engineering Company were fixing the lift at the time. It took the hard task and the rescue team 10 hours to clear the iron rods and rubble and extricate the labourers trapped under them," a Dubai Police official told the newspaper.
By the time the search and rescue operations ended, two of the workers had died. "When we arrived at the accident scene, we could not see the victims because there was a distance of about eight metres between us and them and the height was about four floors, as the victims were trapped in the basement," Captain Al Rahoumi of the Dubai Police told the Gulf News.
He said the rescue teams had to make an opening to reach the trapped workers, but the hole was sandy and weak, which made it difficult to dig into it. "The rescue operation took a long time because first we had to stabilise the entrance because we were working under an unsteady scaffolding," he said.
M. Kamarajan, general manager of health, safety and environment of ETA Ascon Star Group of Companies, told the Khaleej Times that the families of the deceased want the bodies to be repatriated.
"We are trying to arrange that with the help of the Indian Consulate. We will give 93,000 dirhams (about$25,000) as compensation to the families of the two deceased and also salary equivalent to three years," he said.