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Worker dies cleaning sewer pipeline at Mumbai's Sassoon Docks
A man died while cleaning a sewer pipeline at Sassoon Docks in Mumbai Port Trust (MbPT) on Tuesday. He was one of three workers who were in the process of cleaning the sewer pipeline when gas filled the chamber they were in. They all became unconscious and were rushed to St George Hospital. Sadly only two of them regained consciousness.
According to the Indian Express, locals have alleged that the death was due to negligence on the part of the contractor during the cleaning project. The publication quotes one, Krishna Pavle, a Shiv Sena coordinator who runs a fishing business at Sassoon Docks, as saying:
"An art festival has been planned at the Docks next month, and since foreigners are expected, they are cleaning the area. However, no safety equipment like masks, gloves or coats were provided to the workers. While crores of rupees are sanctioned by the government for MbPT development, it is not being used to provide well-equipped machinery."
The accident is being investigated by the authorities.
2nd November 2017