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Workers have head injuries: docs

Shankar Sawai, 30, a Jharkhand resident, arrived in Mumbai a fortnight ago after he got a job at the Andheri metro construction site.

mumbai Updated: Sep 05, 2012 01:44 IST
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Shankar Sawai, 30, a Jharkhand resident, arrived in Mumbai a fortnight ago after he got a job at the Andheri metro construction site.

On Tuesday, when a portion of the under-construction metro station collapsed, Sawai fell from the structure on a pile of concrete.

"My relatives warned me against coming to Mumbai, but I wanted to earn more money," said Sawai, who earlier worked at a construction site in Kolkata. Sawai has suffered back and waist injuries and is admitted to Cooper hospital.

The accident has left one dead and 16 injured, of which three are in critical condition. The injured were rushed to Seven Hills hospital in Marol, Paramount hospital in Saki Naka and Cooper hospital in Vile Parle.

Doctors at Seven Hills said Umesh Sahu, 35, was brought dead around 5.30pm. "He got crushed under the debris," said a doctor.

While Manoj has sustained a hip injury and is in Cooper hospital, his friend Purshottam Singh, 18, was lucky to have escaped with a minor injury on his waist.

"I was on the top of the bridge levelling the cement when I heard a thud. I fell in the safety net, but it tore and I fell down," said Singh, who is from Chhattisgarh and has been working at the site for three months.

"The labourers are between 20 and 50 years old. Most of them have sustained abdominal and head injuries. One patient has a spinal injury," said Dr Sagar Galwankar, chief, emergency medicine and trauma centre, Seven Hills.