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48-year-old man dies in quarry accident in Ernakulam, second such death in state in two days

"As Biju was climbing the rock, he slipped and fell to the ground," a police official at Kothamangalam police station told The New Indian Express

Published: 23rd June 2021 02:58 PM  |   Last Updated: 23rd June 2021 02:58 PM   |  A+A-

Biju Kumbakal

Biju Kumbakal

By Express News Service

KOCHI: A 48-year-old man died in an accident at a stone mining quarry in Pindimana panchayat, Kothamangalam, in Ernakulam district on Wednesday.

According to police and residents in the area, the accident occurred at a quarry used by the firm Chaithanya at around 7.30 am. "After the explosion for mining stones, employees have to climb the rock using a rope to clear the separated stone. As Biju was climbing the rock, he slipped and fell to the ground," a police official at Kothamangalam police station told The New Indian Express.  

The deceased was identified as Biju Kumbakal, a native of Vadatupara, who was residing in a rented house in Pindimana in Ernakulam.

Police said Biju was rushed to a nearby private hospital, but he was declared brought dead. The body has been shifted to a mortuary and will be handed over to relatives after the post-mortem procedure, police said.

He is survived by his wife Shiny and two young children. Police have registered a case. They are also probing failure on the part of the company to adhere to the safety measures, leading to the accident.

A police team has been appointed to check the accident spot and give a report regarding the accident.

This is the second accident at a quarry site in Kerala in as many days. On Monday, a major explosion took place at a stone quarry in Thrissur district, killing one person and injuring five others.



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