Worker dies after falling off beam at Andheri Metro site


By Ashley D’Mello & Chittaranjan TembhekarAshley D’Mello & Chittaranjan Tembhekar

MUMBAI: A worker at the Metro site in Andheri (W) died on Thursday after he slipped and fell off a beam. He succumbed to injuries at a hospital. The incident comes within six days of an accident at a monorail site in Chembur where two labourers were killed late in the night.

Their colleagues had alleged that the two were not wearing safety harness equipment at the time of the accident.

On Thursday, the accident occurred on J P Road in the morning but the media was informed about it late in the evening. A source in the MMRDA, one of the agencies in charge of the Metro work, said Banbari Lal did not have the safety equipment on at the time of the accident.

Lal was a labourer of Mumbai Metro One Pvt Ltd, which is executing the phase 1 of Metro or the Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar corridor.

“The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority regretfully accounts for an accident which took place near Navrang Cinema, J P Road, Andheri West, today and claimed the life of a worker. Notwithstanding the fact that the mishap took place due to utter negligence on the part of the worker, who failed to hook his safety line at the time of the fall despite the fact that he was provided with complete safety gear ie safety helmet , boots, jacket and double safety lanyard, the accident was indeed unfortunate,” read a statement from joint director (PR) of MMRDA Dilip Kawathkar.

There have been three major accidents at Metro sites in the past four years. One person died when a crane crashed on an auto near Andheri and another person was electrocuted at a site, also in Andheri. In the third accident, a scaffold collapsed, but no one died.