Worker falls to death at airport’s cargo depot

A construction worker fell from a height of 25 feet while handling a plank of steel at the Indira Gandhi International Airport’s cargo terminal on Friday evening.

Written by Shalini Narayan | New Delhi | Published: March 4, 2012 3:02 am

A construction worker fell from a height of 25 feet while handling a plank of steel at the Indira Gandhi International Airport’s (IGI) cargo terminal on Friday evening. The victim’s co-worker has levelled allegations against the contractor,alleging that safety measures were not in order. Police are yet to make any arrests in the case.

Sources said this is the fourth such incident reported at the IGI airport over the last year,the two earlier ones being at the Aerocity project.

The incident was reported around 10 pm on Friday at the under-construction cargo Terminal 1B,where the victim Ramroop Sak,from Etawa in Uttar Pradesh,was handling a plank of steel with his co-workers.

In his complaint to the police,Ramroop’s co-worker,Pradeep Kumar alleged that,“Ramroop and I were handling the plank of steel when it suddenly slipped. However,Ramroop too fell from a height of 25 feet face down.”

Ramroop was rushed to a nearby hospital where he was declared dead on arrival.

In his complaint,Pradeep,also a resident of Etawa,alleged that,“I have been working here for the past two months but our company has not provided us with any safety gear. We have complained to the management several times but to no avail. They never pay any attention to us. This happened because of their carelessness.”

Deputy Commissioner of Police (Airport) R A Sanjeev said,“We have registered a case under Sections 288 and 304(a) (causing death by negligence). The culprit will be arrested in a day or two”.

Officials said basic safety measures,such as safety belts,a rope and helmets are required to be given to construction workers. “Also,when workers are working at a particular height,it is required that a safety net be placed at the bottom of the building,” said a source.

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