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Expat in construction accident was struck by jumbo bag: Police

Shahudha Mohamed
11 July 2019, MVT 15:22
An expat struck by a falling cement bag at a construction site passed away on July 10, 2019. PHOTO/POLICE
Shahudha Mohamed
11 July 2019, MVT 15:22

Maldives Police Service revealed Thursday that the expatriate who passed away in a construction incident on Wednesday was struck by a falling jumbo bag holding several sacks of cement.

The jumbo bag fell while another worker was attempting to remove a cement bag from it, police said. The expat who died was standing directly below him at the time.

In reference to the doctors, Police disclosed that the worker aged 24 was dead by the time he was taken to the hospital.

The incident occurred in a building contracted to JAAH Investments Pvt Ltd near Central Park of reclaimed suburb Hulhumale'.

According to a previous police statement, the construction worker died upon being struck by a single cement bag. However, the later statement corrected the error, confirming that it was a jumbo bag.

Just last week, another expatriate was injured at the same construction site when the elevator cable snapped as he was taking down some items in the elevator from the seventh floor.

The expatriate suffered severe injuries, including multiple fractures.

Poor implementation of safety measures in the construction industry are currently a prominent cause for concern with the increasing frequency of accidents at work sites.

Public outrage ensued following the particularly tragic incident on December 17, 2018, when a 9-year-old Bangladeshi girl passed away after being hit by a cement bag that fell from a construction site in capital Male'.

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