Bamboo scaffolding collapses at Thane’ Runwal Garden City complex, 8 workers injured

Bamboo scaffolding collapses at Thane' Runwal Garden City complex, 8 workers injured
The workers were busy painting the walls of the multi-storey residential building when the scaffolding caved in and caused all of them to fall down (Picture Courtesy: Dr Binu Varghese)

At least eight construction workers were injured after a scaffolding of bamboo poles erected for painting work in a housing complex in Thane collapsed on Monday.

The incident took place today morning at Runwal Garden City complex, located in Balkum area of Thane. Shortly after, officials from local police, Regional Disaster Management Cell (RDMC) and fire brigade reached the spot.

Santosh Kadam, chief of Thane’s RDMC, said eight workers were injured in the scaffolding collapse.

“A group of workers, engaged by a contractor, was busy painting the walls of the multi-storey residential building when the scaffolding caved in at about 11 am, causing all of them to fall down,” Kadam said.

Seven of the injured workers were identified as Ektiyar Yusuf Mohammad (20), Mohammad Sheikh (21), Hasan Ali (24), Manirudhin Sheikh (27), Mohammad Rakhibulah Sheikh (30), Dulal Singh (35) and Jamal Sheikh (50).

Of them, four were seriously injured and rushed to Thane Civil Hospital for treatment. Three others were rushed to private hospital in the vicinity of the building.

Some eye-witnesses put the figure of the injured at 11 and added that at least a dozen workers were on the bamboo scaffolding at the time of the mishap.

Police have launched an investigation into the incident.

The mishap comes days after three sanitation workers were found dead inside a manhole at Khambalpada in Dombivali MIDC area.

The deceased were contract workers who were engaged in cleaning drains in the industrial area. They died due to suffocation.

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