Carpenter falls to death from 8th floor, contractor booked

He was working at a construction site in Malad when his safety belt came undone; with no safety net at the spot, he fell to the ground and bled to death internally

A 48-year-old carpenter was sent hurtling down eight storeys of an under-construction building at Interface in Malad yesterday after the iron plate to which his safety belt was hooked came off. The victim, Tarachand Patel, suffered severe internal bleeding and died.

Deadly fall: The deceased, Tarachand Patel (48), was a native of Uttar
Pradesh; cops have booked the contractor and the supervisor of the
construction site at Interface, Malad. Pics/Nayan Sahane

There was no safety net at the spot where he fell. The Bangur Nagar police have arrested the contractor Yunus Shaikh (41) and the supervisor of the construction site Aftab Sayyed (48) on the charge of causing death due to negligence.

The accident took place at 8.30 am yesterday. Patel who had been working with the contractor for the past eight years was dismantling the iron column plates on the eighth floor. His co-worker Ram Kishor saw him fall and called out for help but it was too late. Patel succumbed to his injuries on the spot.

A security guard present at the spot said, "The safety net at the spot where Patel fell had got torn off a few days back due to constant offloading of raw materials for construction at the floors above. However, the management did not replace it."

Assistant Police Inspector Anant Dange of Bangur Nagar police station said, "The supervisor and the contractor have been found guilty for not ensuring complete safety of workers at the site. Patel lost his balance and fell down on rugged ground after the iron plate holding his safety belt's hook got dislodged."

He added, "The entire site has safety nets, but the spot where Patel fell had none. Had there been a safety net, he would have survived with injuries," added Dange.

Patel who hailed from Gorakhpur in UP is survived by a wife and three children. He had worked at the site for a few months till the completion of the 20-storey building.

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