BENGALURU: A 45-year-old construction supervisor was killed and a labourer severely injured after a granite slab fell on them at a site near Lalbagh West Gate on Thursday. The deceased has been identified as BTM resident Lokesh who was working as a supervisor at the site. Abodh is recovering in a hospital.
A senior officer from VV Puram police station said that the incident occurred around 12.30 pm when about eight workers were unloading granite slabs from a truck which was parked inside the site belonging to Total Environment. Lokesh and Abodh were tying a rope to the slab to bring it down when one of the slabs fell on Lokesh’s chest. He was declared brought dead at a private hospital.
Naveen, an eyewitness said, “I was sitting in my office on the first floor and noticed the incident through the window. On coming downstairs, I found two men crushed between the granite slabs. Labourers present there tried to remove the slabs but did not succeed. I called the police control room. Fire and emergency personnel rushed to the spot. An ambulance also arrived immediately. Some of the locals tried to record the incident but was prevented to do so by a woman present there.”
“No safety measures were provided to the labourers. A case has been registered and investigation is on,” said a police officer.When contacted, Srinivas Kathriguppe, spokesperson for Total Environment, said, “Lokesh was a sincere employee for the past 20 years, and it is an unfortunate incident. We have extended all the possible help to his family. We are also co-operating with police”.