Workplace Safety Watch – October 2018

On 8 October, 4 workers Naushad (28), Vijaypal, Ashok, Karan died and 5 others Mahesh, Ajay, Shadab, Nisarul and Ram Jai Kumar were severely injured, when a scaffolding collapsed in an under construction 18-storey building, ‘Capital City’ by real estate group BPTP in Sector 94, Noida, Uttar Pradesh. An FIR under Sections 304A (causing death by negligence) and 288 (negligent conduct with respect to pulling down or repairing building) of the IPC has been registered against the construction company.

4 workers Pramod (30), Sonu (25), Sonu (27) and Raj Kumar (25) died on 29 October, when the hydraulic lift of a tower crane collapsed at a DDA flats construction site in Narela, New Delhi. No safety equipment were provided to the workers.

Murtaza (26) and Sunny (20) fell to death on 29 October from the 14th floor fell in an under-construction site of ATS Infrastructure Ltd. in Sector 132, Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh. A portion of a concrete column came off the main structure of the building and fell on the scaffolding, triggering the collapse.

Sanitation

On 26 October, 3 sanitation workers Devidas Pajage (30), Mahadev Jhope (35) and Ghanshyam Kori (38) suffocated to death inside a manhole in Dombivali, Mumbai, Maharashtra. The workers were employed on contract through a contractor by the Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC) for the maintenance of a private sewer line. No saftey gears were provided to the workers according to the police which has arrested the contractor Lakshman Chavan (36) under 304A (for causing death by negligence) of IPC.

On 21 October, Dooman Ray (32), drowned while cleaning an 8 foot deep sewage tank at a Delhi Jal Board pump house in Jahangirpuri, New Delhi. Dooman had gone inside the tank to open the valve when the water gushed in drowning him. The contract for repair and rehabilitation of sewage in Jahangirpuri was provided KK Spun India Ltd by the Delhi Jal Board (DJB). A case under IPC Section 304A (for causing death by negligence) and sections 7 and 9 of the Prohibition of Employment as Manual Scavengers and their Rehabilitation Act has been registered and the police have arrested the Project Manager Ashwini Kumar Jha, Site Supervisor Subodh and Safety Officer Shubham Notiyal.

Manufacturing:

On 10 October, 4 workers Dhananjay Pandey(28), Satya Prakash(28), Mohammed Rabhan(19) and Mohammed Azad(20) asphyxiated to death as a fire broke out due to a short circuit in the first floor of a hosiery factory, Kalra Knitwears in Kalyan Nagar, Daresi, Ludhiana, Punjab.

The workers couldn’t escape as the gates of the hosiery unit were locked by the owner and there were no ventilation vents in the building. The police have arrested the owner Sumit Kalra under Section 304 (culpable homicide) of the IPC. According to the police, no fire safety arrangements were in place and the owner had also not obtained the no-objection certificate from the fire department.

Pawan Kumar(22), working as an operator in the Raghunath Metal factory in Jagadhari, Yamunanagar, Haryana died on 30 October when a sharp metal sheet fell on his neck.

On 29 October, Ram Phal (42) died and 2 other workers were severely injured after the cover of a hydro machine burst in an industrial unit at at Global Enterprises Industrial unit at Bari near Gannaur, Sonepat, Haryana.

Others

On 7 October construction worker Vimla Ganesh Patre(26) lost her life after falling from the 2nd floor into the open elevator duct of an under-construction building in the Kakadevasti in Kondhwa, Pune, Maharashtra. The safety provisions were not being followed and there was no barricade on the open duct. The police have booked the builder Zaid Mohammad Sayyed (30) and contractor Ramzan Ismail Shaikh (20) under section 304 (a) (causing death due to negligence) and section 34 (common intention) of the IPC.

2 colliery workers Chandrasekhar Giri (50) and Kaleshwar Mahato (42) died on 8 October when part of a roof collapsed and fell on the workers while they were working at the Khottadih colliery of Eastern Coalfield Ltd in Pandabeswar, West Burdwan, West Bengal. The workers were working 700 feet under the ground The Eastern Coalfield Ltd is a subsidiary of the state run Coal India Ltd.

On 25 October, 4 workers Rajesh (40), Rafiq (45), Ramprasad (48) and Ravishanker (40) died when a roof of the Neharia underground coal mine Western Coalfields Limited collapsed in Parasia, Chhindwara, Madhya Pradesh.

On 24 October Madhusudhan (24) died in a construction site when a pile of sand caved in at Navya Nagar, Jakkur, Bengaluru, Karnataka. The workers were standing in a pit that was dug to install pillars in a private house. Police has registered a case against Chandrashekhar Reddy, owner of the house.

On 24 October, 3 workers Subhash Chandra Sahu (65), Kuldeep Yadav (18) and Amarnath Yadav (40) were electrocuted to death while repairing a handpump in Jaunpur, Uttar Pradesh. The metallic boring pipe came in contact with the overhead high tension electric wire while being pulled out of the ground leading to electrocution of the workers

Amarnath Chauhan(35) a contractual worker died on 25 October due to electrocution, while repairing a power supply line in Sector 47, Chandigarh. A case has been registered under IPC and the Police is on the look-out for for the contractor Vishal Sharma.

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