Labourer killed af­ter newly built slab falls on him at Vashi

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI - G Mo­hi­ud­din Jeddy ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­times.com

The row house at sec­tor 7 in Vashi where a slab fell on a worker on Fri­day, killing him.

A 30-year-old labourer was killed af­ter a slab fell on him in Vashi on Fri­day.

The in­ci­dent oc­curred at Row House num­ber 23 in sec­tor 7 of Vashi. The row house was be­ing ren­o­vated and the labourer, Durga Asan, was on the premises work­ing.

Sud­denly, he was buried un­der the de­bris af­ter the slab col­lapsed.

The body had to be re­trieved by cut­ting the slab. The po­lice have reg­is­tered a case of neg­li­gence against the con­trac­tor.

Vashi sta­tion of­fi­cer in charge Prab­hakar Gade said, “Ren­o­va­tion work was go­ing on in the house when the slab fell. The worker was caught in it, with his head and hands above the fallen slab and the rest of the body be­low it.”

He added, “We had to first tie him up and then cut the slab to re­trieve the body, which was then sent to NMMC hos­pi­tal.”

The house owner, who has been iden­ti­fied only as Bhat­na­gar, works at JNPT. No fam­ily mem­ber was present in the house at the time of the ac­ci­dent.

Vashi po­lice in­spec­tor Su­raj Padvi said, “The ex­ten­sion work was go­ing on at the house. The worker was re­mov­ing a shed af­ter build­ing the slab when it fell on him, killing him.”

He added, “We have reg­is­tered a case of neg­li­gence against the con­trac­tor He­mant Sa­hani. He had not taken ad­e­quate safety mea­sures.”

Padvi said, “We are in­quir­ing into the mat­ter. If the owner of the house is found to be re­spon­si­ble, ac­tion will be taken against him as well.”

Ac­cord­ing to Vashi ward of­fi­cer, Ma­hen­dras­ingh Thoke, “No per­mis­sion had been taken from us for the ren­o­va­tion and ex­ten­sion work that was on at the house. We will in­quire into the mat­ter and take nec­es­sary ac­tion.”

Lo­cal cor­po­ra­tor Vaib­hav Gaik­wad said that the per­mis­sion ap­pli­ca­tion was un­der process.

BACHCHAN KU­MAR

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