BURIED ALIVE: WORKER DEAD

AFTER FALL­ING IN HOLE HE HELPED DIG

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Aman was buried alive after he was trapped in the hole he helped dig as part of wa­ter main­te­nance re­pairs in Labasa yes­ter­day evening. Po­lice con­firmed that the man had died. His body was taken away from the scene in a body bag as on­look­ers tried to grasp how the mishap may have taken place.

The man was part of a team con­tracted by the Wa­ter Author­ity of Fiji to re­pair un­der­ground pipes. Po­lice said the man was climb­ing out of the hole when he fell back in. The ex­ca­va­tion was tak­ing place on Da­manu Street, in cen­tral Labasa.

Loose soil at the edges of the hole is be­lieved to have fallen in after him and was enough to bury him alive.

Sources at the scene said he would have been buried for at least an hour or one-and-a half hours.

No fur­ther details could be di­vulged as his im­me­di­ate fam­ily had not been in­formed. Fire­fight­ers were at the scene and helped pull the man’s body out. When ap­proached by the Fiji Sun the WAF rep­re­sen­ta­tive on the scene said he could not com­ment as the man was an em­ployee of a con­trac­tor.

Photo: Wati Talebula

Fire­fight­ers pulling out the man who was buried alive in Labasa on Jan­uary 14, 2018.

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