Worker dies in manhole

Worker dies in manhole

A sanitation worker of Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) died and two others were injured while...

madhuA sanitation worker of Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) died and two others were injured while cleaning a manhole at Defence Colony of Karmanghat division on Friday. A case under CrPC No 174 (accidental death) was registered against the contractor. According to LB Nagar Police Inspector G Srinivas Reddy, Madhu, 30, was clearing the chocked manhole when the mishap occurred.

The worker fainted after inhaling toxic gases. Noticing this, two other workers, Shekhar and Yadaiah, entered the manhole to save Madhu. However, there was a sudden surge of water resulting in his instant death. The remaining two fainted. But they were rescued in the nick of time and shifted to hospital. GHMC driver N Kumar alerted police and GHMC officials, who rushed to the spot monitored rescue operations. LB Nagar MLA D Sudheer Reddy and GHMC Commissioner MT Krishna Babu visited the place and enquired about the accident.

Meanwhile, Dr Palvan Kumar, the Assistant Medical officer of Health (AMOH), LB Nagar Circle, said the workers had fainted because they were unable to breathe oxygen. "They should have waited for a while after opening the manhole cover. This would allow the accumulated toxic gases to escape while increasing availability of oxygen which would be zero in the beginning. The three workers were hired by a contractor," he added.

GHMC commissioner Krishna Babu announced an ex-gratia of Rs 1 lakh to the family of the deceased while Rs 1 lakh was assured by Labour Commission. The contractor is learned to have agreed to offer Rs 2 lakh financial support for the kin of the victim. Gajjala Sushma, Karmanghat Corporator, demanded a compensation of Rs 10 lakh, job for a family member in the civic body and medical expenses for the injured. This is second accident of its kind in as many months. On May 11, a sanitation worker was killed after he accidentally fell into a manhole at Khanamet in Madhapur. A passer-by, who tried to save him, was also killed.

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