One of the dangers of working on a construction site is presented by pits and excavations which present a risk not only to construction workers on site but members of the public and visitors to the site.
Construction sites unfortunately make great playgrounds in the minds of naive children who aren’t aware of the plethora of construction hazards that could not only cause them serious injury but claim their lives.
Sadly when construction sites aren’t properly secured, children have a tendency to wander into them and get themselves into dangerous situations. One such incident took place in India on an East Delhi construction site when a 13 year old boy died after falling into a 15 foot deep pit.
The young man made his way onto a Karkardooma Metro construction site on Saturday and according to eyewitnesses the boy and his friends were seen playing near the site before the accident occurred. The young man fell into the water filled pit along with his friend, unfortunately his friend was rescued in time but it was too late for the 13 year old Kartik.
This excerpt explains what happened:
A 13-year-old boy died after falling into a 15-feet deep pit at a Metro construction site in Karkardooma, East Delhi on Saturday.
Eyewitnesses told police that the boy, Kartik, was playing near the DMRC construction site with five of his friends at around 6 pm, when he fell into the pit which was filled with water, along with his friend.
While a passerby rescued Kartik’s friend with the help of labourers at the site, it took them time to rescue Kartik. Police said by the time he was rescued, Kartik had stopped breathing. He was taken to a nearby hospital where he was declared brought dead.
Residents alleged that the pit was filled with water by the contractor at the Metro construction site.
According to reports members of the deceased’s family are blaming authorities for the death because they claim it was negligence that resulted in the incident. Apparently metro workers had failed to close the pit which they had also filled with water.
Family members visited the site, hurling slogans and condemning authorities for negligence. One member of the boy’s family was quoted as saying:
“Metro workers dug the pit and filled it with water. They use this water for their work. We had advised them to close the pit but they did not listen,” Kartik’s uncle Dinesh said.
Police are awaiting a post-mortem before taking further action.
Pits and excavations on construction sites should be clearly marked and secured so that incidents of this nature are avoided. In fact the construction site on the whole should be properly secured to ensure that members of the public cannot gain access, for their own safety as well as the safety of workers on site.
Excavations, open holes and pits are just one of the hazards associated with construction work. To learn about the others before beginning work, construction workers must complete general construction safety training – The White Card Course. Click to learn more.