Chennai, Nov 19 : A worker engaged in the Chennai Metro Rail Project (CMRP) was killed when he fell off a crane near Ashok Nagar Area in the city late last night.
The incident came to light this morning when the body of the worker was found on the tracks on the elevated corridor of the Metro Rail Project. Police said the crane was stationed on the elevated corridor on the tracks at a height of more than 50 feet from the ground. A probe was on to ascertain how he fell off from the crane.
Police, quoting preliminary inquiries, said the deceased worker was said to be an electrical engineer and his identity was being ascertained. Ashok Nagar police rushed to the spot and removed the body to the Government Royapettah Hospital for post mortem.
This is the second mishap at a CMRP site involving a crane after one worker was killed and six others injured when the boom of a crane snapped and came crashing down on them in front of Pachaiyappa's College on Poonamallee High Road on August eight. The mishap had occurred when the workers were involved in the construction of a diaphragm wall for a tunnel at the proposed Pachaiyappa's underground station.
A crane was hoisting metal reinforcements, weighing 25 tonne, when its boom snapped. Consequently, the huge iron bar fell from a height of more than 20 metres, when the seven men were stationed around the chamber, killing one Sindhu on the spot and injuring six others. In another mishap, though minor, on July 26 this year, the scaffolding at the Vadapalani Metro Station site gave way when concrete was being poured to build a ten-feet-long arm on the main pillar.
The accident occurred at the Koyambedu-St Thomas Mount stretch of the CMRP when the entire load of semi-solid concrete fell on the ground. However, no one was hurt in the accident which was said to have occurred due to a bracket failure.