Freak accident at cement factory in southern India leaves several injured
A freak accident took place at a cement factory in southern India’s Telangana which led to the death of five workers with two others sustaining injuries.
This happened in Mellacheruvu Mandal of Huzurnagar of Suryapet district on July 25.
Visuals from the site of the accident showed police officers present and they were inspecting the place after the mishap. The five-storey building that was being constructed was also seen. The workers who were at the site were also evacuated.
According to a report, this accident took place when the five-storey building was being constructed at the My Home cement factory. The workers were engaged in putting slabs on the fifth floor and while they were doing it, they spotted a blockage in the pipe that carried the concrete mix to the fifth floor. It was learnt that the concrete mix started to come out of the pipe after the blockage was taken care of and the workers fell victim to the accident when they were pushed to an elevator that ended up crashing down. They reportedly fell from a height of 500 feet.
It was later learnt that upto 10 workers were stuck under the debris and the death toll is likely to rise. A total of 2000 workers reportedly were at work in this site.
“Five floors have been completed, and the sixth-floor slab work is currently in progress. As the concrete mixture was being taken up, it got stuck on the fourth floor due to mechanical failure. While workers were trying to fix the problem, the mixture collapsed on the workers standing below at ground level,” the police said.
It was learnt that this happened due to non-compliance of proper safety standards and an FIR under sections Sections 304A (Causing death by negligence) and 337 (causing hurt to any person by doing any act so rashly or negligently) of the Indian Penal Code has been registered by the Mellacheruvu police against the contractor and site-in-charge.