One person was killed and about seven others were feared trapped in a building collapse in Chhani area of Vadodara city, where work was on to bring down the dilapidated structure belonging to engineering giant L&T (Larsen & Toubro).
The incident occurred on Saturday evening when workers employed to raze the five storey structure were trapped under the debris after a part of the building collapsed. Of the two people pulled out from the debris so far, one succumbed to his injuries on his way to the civic hospital in Vadodara.
The deceased has been identified as Kaif Pathan, who was among the workers contracted for the job of bringing down the structure. According to officials of the fire and emergency services of the VMC, a slab of the building collapsed, thus trapping several workers under.
An official said that while work was on to cut the slab and rescue the trapped workers, two men had been removed from the rubble including Pathan. The other survivor has been rushed to SSG hospital in an ambulance for further treatment.
In a statement, an L&T Spokesperson from Mumbai said, “We are saddened by the unfortunate event at one of the old buildings in Vadodara, which was contracted for demolition by an appointed contractor M/S Shiv Scrap Traders. We are surprised that the contractor initiated demolition work without following laid-down processes and contract conditions. We have mobilised our resources to salvage and assist in the rescue work. We have also initiated an enquiry about the incident, post which we will initiate appropriate action.”
The company, officials said, has dispatched a team of higher officers from Mumbai to look into the cause of the collapse. The building belonging to L&T, which has been lying vacant since several years.
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