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Death glare on safety of workers

A maintenance supervisor of a residential complex in Sonari reportedly fell to his death from the terrace of one of the five-storey buildings he was working at on Tuesday.

Residents of Shiv Ganga apartments believe that 42-year-old Sanjay Kumar Singh, who hailed from Panchavati Nagar in Sonari, had gone to the terrace to fix a valve in an overhead water tank. He was not wearing any safety gear.

The incident, which underscores the need for better safety measures in all buildings, comes close on the heels of two labourers being crushed to death under slabs of marble that were being unloaded at a plush residential complex of Kadma on Monday.

Around 8.30am on Tuesday, a resident of the Sonari complex saw a man lying in a pool of blood, his face down, on the rear side of U block. Hearing her screams, several other residents rushed to the spot. Some of them recognised the man to be Sanjay, who used to look after the water supply system in the complex, and tried to rush him to a hospital but realised that he was already dead. Sonari police were informed and a team, led by officer in charge Sanjiv Kumar, reached the spot.

After preliminary investigations, sub-inspector Kumar prepared an inquest and sent the body to MGM Medical College for post-mortem.

“None of us saw Sanjay falling from the terrace. But the nature of his injuries and the way his body lay on the ground suggest that he had a fatal fall. This is not unusual, as Sanjay would often climb to the roofs for operating the water distribution system,” D.K. Singh, one of the residents, told The Telegraph.

Singh further said that Sanjay never used any safety gear while climbing up the pipes or hopping from one building to the other for maintenance work. “He would jump from one building to another, risking his life, and then boast,” the resident said.

Sanjay had two assistants but both of them bunked work on Tuesday.

Chairman of Shiv Ganga apartments Tarachand Mahanty said the flat owners had decided to give a lump sum to the victim’s kin.

“We have already sanctioned a sum of Rs 50,000 and will pay another Rs 2 lakh by taking contribution from each of the families residing at the complex,” he said.

Mahanty, when asked, said the society members had time and again asked the victim and his assistants to follow necessary safety measures whenever they went to the terraces or climbed pipes.

Located behind Bal Vihar, Shiv Ganga apartments have 300 flats.

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