Two labourers sustained injuries when they were caught in debris after loose soil around a storm water drain caved in on them on Cunningham Road early on Sunday.
The injured have been identified as Arjun Singh (21) and his half-brother Jitendra Singh (23), both from West Bengal. They were working on a project undertaken by NAPC, a Chennai-based subsidiary of French construction company Vinci, in the area.
The Fire and Emergency Services Department personnel rushed to the spot and managed to rescue them after a three-and-a-half-hour operation. They have been admitted to a private hospital. According to hospital staff, their injuries are superficial and both are likely to be discharged on Monday.
“We were busy at work and suddenly it happened. The other workers saw us trapped and rushed us to a nearby hospital after removing us from the debris. We both have injuries but they are not severe,” Arjun Singh said.
NAPC contractor Murugan said the accident might have occurred as the work area was wet. “We will ensure that this doesn’t happen again,” he said.