The workers, who were from Tamil Nadu and Vizianagaram, died after being buried under the collapsed wall. A police investigation is underway.

Two dead due to wall collapse at Visakhapatnam construction site Image for representation / S. Lampkin, U.S. Air Force via Wikimedia Commons
news Tuesday, September 03, 2019 - 09:10

Two building workers lost their lives to a fatal accident at a construction site in Visakhapatnam. According to reports, a compound wall collapsed onto them, killing them while they were at work on Monday night. 

The accident occurred in the Daba Gardens neighbourhood of the city. According to the Hindu, the two men, Siva and Shankar, had come from Tamil Nadu and Vizianagaram district of Andhra respectively.  Another man called Selvam, who was with them, survived the accident with a few injuries. He is undergoing treatment at King George Hospital, according to the report. 

The police reportedly found that the workers had been using a drill near the compound wall of an adjacent building, when that wall collapsed and buried Siva and Shankar. Police have reportedly taken the responsible persons into custody and registered a case under relevant sections of the IPC.

Local media reports said that the bodies were removed from under the debris. The under-construction building is reportedly meant to be a church congregation hall.  

According to ANI, while the third person was rescued by locals and taken to the hospital, another person was saved by members of the fire department and police who reached the spot after the accident. A police investigation is underway. According to the Hindu, the police found violations of safety norms at the site.

In another case of alleged negligence, in June this year, a five-year-old boy died in Hyderabad after he drowned in a water sump at a neighbouring under-construction house. Police said that the boy was playing near his home when he found his way to the water sump at the neighbour's house, and possibly slipped and fell inside. A case of negligence was booked against the owner of the under-construction site. 

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