A scaffolding erected to allow labourers to do plastering work on a highrise building collapsed, killing one and injuring six on Tuesday morning in Borivli’s Chaugule Nagar. The 13-storey under construction building, Ekdant, belonged to developer Vinayak Chaugule.
Four labourers were admitted to hospital and one of them, Bipin Burman, is critical with a head, hand and leg injury. He is in the intensive care unit of Kandivli Shatabdi Hospital.
The deceased worker, Prakash Patre (28) fell off the eighth floor when the structure collapsed. According to his relative and eyewitness Ashok Patre, Prakash fell flat, face-down on the ground. “I saw him fall. Others fell on the bamboo sticks that had collapsed, but he hit the ground,” said Patre.
According to a senior medical officer at Shatabdi hospital, Prakash sustained multiple injuries and was having difficulty in breathing. “He died after admission. He was in critical stage,” the doctor said.
One of the injured workers, Mohammed Enamul from Bihar, was on the eighth storey when the scaffolding, made of bamboo, wooden planks and iron, gave way. “While I was falling, one bamboo stick was still intact. I got hold of it and slid down to the ground,” he said. He claims there were no safety nets around the building. He neither received any helmet nor safety gear when working on the temporary bamboo structure.
According to Sanjay Karande, president of the labour union, there was no on-site supervisor when the accident occurred at 12.15pm. “Usually, bamboo sticks are dug deep into the ground to provide a strong base. On the site, we found that bamboos were just bound together by already-used threads,” he said.
A local residing in Shriram Nagar, behind the building was also injured. Elizabeth Kale (45) was in her kitchen when a piece of iron pierced through her kitchen roof and hit her shoulder. She is recuperating in Krishna Hospital in Borivli.
On Tuesday evening, police booked the builder Chaugule, and his on-site supervisor on charges of causing death by negligence under the IPC.