Four people have been arrested in the coastal town of Uran, east of Mumbai, India, after two labourers were crushed to death while unloading granite from a container. The labourers were said to be untrained, and without safety gear.
The incident occurred last Thursday November 29th when Customs officers were checking goods at APM terminal of Container Freight Station, JNPT, Navghar. “The consignment from China was for Mayank granites company in Malad. Usually during such checking, CFS employees do the unloading and loading, but since these granites are heavy, they declined to do it. The company hired labourers for the job,” said police sub-inspector Ganesh Karad, While unloading from the container, granites fell on the labourers, killing two on the spot and severely injuring another.
“Such heavy work needs special training, and labourers also need to have safety gear like helmet. None of them was provided either by the granite company or the labourer contractors. The incident was a result of their negligence,” claimed sub-inspector Karad. The arrested were Shivnath Garva (28), manager of granite company, Dattatrey Pise (31), a clearing agent, and two labourer contractors Nandlal Paswan (24) and Randeer Rai (26). They were remanded in custody under Sections 304 A (causing death by negligence), 336 (act endangering life or personal safety of others), and 34 (common intention) of the IPC.