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Jaipur: One labourer killed, three injured after wall collapses at railway construction site

A 22-year-old labourer, identified as Pakka Lal, died while three others were wounded when the wall near a dry nullah in which they were working caved in on Thursday. The incident exposed negligence as there was no one to supervise the railway’s site where the labourers were working.

| Updated:
July 5, 2018 9:42 pm
banipark railway junction wall collapse

Rescue operation at Railway Junction in Banipark after wall collapse

Jaipur: A 22-year-old labourer, identified as Pakka Lal, died while three others were wounded when the wall near a dry nullah in which they were working caved in on Thursday. The incident exposed negligence as there was no one to supervise the railway’s site where the labourers were working. The labourers were not wearing any safety equipment. The police have launched an investigation.

The incident occurred in Banipark area near Jaipur Junction around 2 pm.  Pakka Lal was a resident of Banswara district. Those who were injured were identified as Kailash, Bansanti Bai and Hakma Devi. The work was being undertaken by the railways.

“The labourers were working in a dry nullah. The soil was wet. A wall adjacent to the site collapsed on them. They were buried under the debris,” said a police officer.

Panic gripped other labourers working at the site. They informed the police control room and RPF following which a civil defence team was rushed to the spot.

The rescue team roped in an earth moving machine to remove debris. The team had to dug up a pit up to six feet in the ground to pull the four labourers out.

Kailash was pulled out. The team was surprised to find that he was breathing. He was rushed to a hospital. Three other labourers were also rescued one by one. The two of them injured were women. Pakka Lal was pulled out last. He was unconscious. He was also taken to hospital where doctors declared him brought dead.

A crowd of nearby residents gathered on the spot. The rescue teams had to cordon off the area to keep onlookers at bay.

The labourers were not wearing any safety equipment and there was on one to supervise the work.

First published: July 5, 2018
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