Workplace Safety Watch – November 2019


On November 25, Ashok (35) was killed of asphyxiation while Rohit (30), Sai (50) and Gorelal (35) were grievously injured while cleaning a sewer in the North West Delhi’s Shakurpur area. All 4 workers were employed on contract by PWD. The police have arrested the contractor Rajkumar (27) and private supervisor Babloo Ram (25) who forced the workers to enter the sewer without protective gear for a meager payment of ₹300.

On November 16, Kamal Basha (50) died of asphyxiation while cleaning an underground drain in Kumbakonam area of Thanjavur district, Tamil Nadu. The police have registered a FIR under IPC section 304(a) and Prohibition of Employment as Manual Scavengers and their Rehabilitation Rules, 2013 against the municipality commissioner Jagadeesan, city health officer Dr. Prema, the municipality supervisor and the contractor who employed the worker.

On November 12, Arunkumar (25) died of asphyxiation when he enter the drain at Chennai’s Express Avenue to save his brother who had run of breath due to toxic fumes in the drain. 5 workers were hired through a contractor to clean the drain at Express Avenue Mall during the wee hours.

On November 2, Rajesh Nishad (32), Ashok Nishad (40), Ravindra Nishad (25), Mohammad Shareed (52) and Ram Kishan Nishad (40) died of asphyxiation while cleaning a septic tank in Sultanpur district of Uttar Pradesh. Mohammad Shareef fell in the 10-feet deep drain which the contract workers were hired to clean. 4 others who went to rescue him also lost their life in the process.


On November 18, Magan Mandal a migrant worker from Bihar was charred to death as the shoe factory where he was employed as a security guard in Narela area of Delhi, caught fire. Magan was sleeping on the top floor of the building when the fire broke out in the wee hours.


On November 6, Arshad Sheikh (25) was crushed to death after a 100 tonne U-girder fell on him during the construction of Metro Line 2A in Mumbai, Maharashtra.

On November 4, Izhar Ansari a migrant worker from Bihar was killed while 6 others were severely injured after balcony of an under-construction building collapsed in the Naibasti area of Varanasi.


On November 27, Madhao Kopulwar (52) died deep inside a Mahakali Collieries underground mine, in Western Collieries’ Limited after the barricading holding tonnes of sand collapsed on him during the stowing operation.

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