While the construction boom in the twin township of Pimpri Chinchwad shows no signs of slowing down,the safety of construction workers at the sites is becoming a concern.
In reply to an application filed by Jayant Shinde,district president of the construction workers wing of Shiv Sena,Pune police has stated that 31 construction workers have lost their lives in the past five years at various construction sites.
Shinde had asked for the details of such accidents from January 2008 onwards under the limit of Chaturshrungi police station. In reply,the police stated that 31 such deaths have been recorded in the given time period. A majority of the accidents were reported in Pimple Gurav,Rahatani,Kalewadi,Pimple Saudagar and other areas.
Most of the accidents involved workers falling from under construction multi-storey buildings. In most cases,the police had filed cases against the site supervisors for negligence.
Shinde blamed the labour commissioners officer and the builders for the lack of safety equipment and measures at the building site. Majority of the construction workers are migrant labourers who have no idea about the requirement of safety equipment or safety methods. The labour contractors leave out such equipment in order to cut costs, he said.
During his survey of the construction sites,Shinde noticed that many of the labourers were working without a safety net in place. In many of the cases,the family of the labourer is given compensation of about Rs 1 lakh and the workers are silenced. The death of a labourer is the end of a family,as it affects many, he said.