Migrant workers rescued as walls crumble at construction site – The New Indian Express
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Two migrant workers who were trapped inside the debris as the concrete retaining wall collapsed at an apartment construction site near Panavila here on Saturday, were rescued by the rescue team fire and rescue services. The workers, identified as Deepak, 23 from West Bengal and Rahul, 30 from Assam, were rescued through the timely response of the Chenkalchoola fire station fire and rescue service team. . Both were transferred to the medical school hospital.
Deepak was rescued immediately as it took an hour to save Rahul as he was trapped under a concrete slab. Following the rain on Friday evening, the ground had become soft and unstable. A major catastrophe was averted as a few workers present on site fled.
The incident happened at 10:15 a.m. as a few workers were cooking food in a makeshift tent near the construction site. A concrete foundation was laid on the ground and this ground collapsed. A resident said he heard a loud noise and when he rushed to the scene, he saw that the ground had collapsed. Soon he informed the team of fire and rescue services.
A fire officer said Rahul had bruises to his legs and injuries to his face, legs and hands. Deepak’s injury is minor. “All the ground, from the top, started to collapse. They didn’t have much time to get away. In a flash, they were all taken under the concrete block. The part near the spot is also on the verge of collapse. So the authorities should do something,” he said.
The district administration is likely to conduct an investigation into the incident to verify whether the work was carried out with the permission of the authorities concerned.