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Laborer Electrocuted in India Working on Pump

MUMBAI, India: A little over a week after a labourer was killed and three others injured while repairing a storm water drain in Tardeo, a similar incident in Wadala on Monday claimed another labourer’s life.

Mohammad Mushtaq Shiekh (22), a contract worker from Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh, descended into an open drain and was immediately electrocuted.

“He had gone there to turn off a submersible pump installed to remove water from the drain’s pit. It seems the contractor had not properly covered the naked wiring supplying electricity to the machine. As soon as Shiekh stepped into the drain, he was electrocuted,” said a security guard on the site.

The incident occurred at 8.30 am when Shiekh, who lived in Sion with his father and two brothers, was taking stock of the 7-ft-deep pit inside a Mhada colony at Sheikh Dargah Road near Wadala. “The area has been recently developed under a special Mhada scheme. The contractor was getting a sewer drilled for the colony,” said a BMC officer.

When Sheikh did not step out of the pit for a while, a security guard informed the fire brigade and the police. “It took our officers at least four hours to locate the body inside the pit. The wiring of the pump was not properly covered,” said a senior official from the Wadala fire station.

The fire officials took Shiekh to Sion hospital, where doctors pronounced him dead. A distraught family member said: “We are taking his body back to Gorakhpur and plan to carry out the last rites there. This was a tragedy waiting to happen with such minimal precautionary measures on the construction site… Now that he is gone, we don’t see a point in filing a police complaint.”

Read more:  Story via TimesOfIndia.com

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