Operator killed on Indian site…

Young worker crushed beneath excavator as it falls into unseen basement.

The demolition of the fire-ravaged Chennai Silks building on Usman Road in Thyagaraya Nagar was suspended on Saturday after a 22-year-old operator of an excavator died in an accident at the site.

One of the two excavators that were involved in the demolition work developed an oil leakage. An operator – G. Sarathkumar – came out of his cab and was checking the machine when suddenly the earth under the machine caved in to a depth of 10 feet. Realising the danger he was in, Sarathkumar started to run, but the boom of the excavator crashed down upon him.

“Using an earth-mover, we pulled out the jaw-cutter from the pit and removed Mr. Sarathkumar who had been caught under,” said G. Selvakumar, fire officer at T.Nagar,

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