A Metro Rail worker died and a labourer was injured when a crane came crashing down at the Saidapet station here in the early hours of Saturday.
The deceased has been identified as Ranjith Biswal from Odisha. Injured Tira Nayak, also from Odisha, is undergoing treatment at the GH, while Biswal’s body has been moved to the Royapettah Hospital. Metro Rail officials and workers at the site said the incident happened after the night shift ended and the next shift personnel took over.
The person operating the crane loaded materials when the crane swung and collapsed. In the impact, Biswal and Nayak were hit by the edge of the boom, 80 metres from the equipment. “The workers were caught unaware. The boom hit Biswal on his head and he died immediately, while Nayak suffered a leg fracture.
The work at the site, which is being undertaken by Gammon India Ltd. was stopped and would resume after general consultants give a safety clearance. A safety audit is being undertaken, a Metro Rail official said. Interestingly, when the incident happened, work at the underground station was not on.
January has been an unlucky month for Chennai Metro Rail. Last year also a Metro Rail worker was killed in a girder collapse between the Alandur and St Thomas Mount stations. “We will be compensating the worker,” an official said.
The family of Biswal was informed and other formalities will be conducted once the autopsy is completed.
The incident also comes in the wake of safety audit of cranes being conducted after the accident near Pachaiyappa’s College resulted in the death of a migrant labourer and injuries to six others. A Gammon official said the crane complied with all safety norms.
Meanwhile, based on the site engineer’s, Vivek, complaint, a case was registered against the crane operator, Kadirvan (34), was registered under sections 304A (causing death by negligence) and 338 (causing grievous hurt by act endangering life) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). Kadirvan was later arrested.