News came in over the weekend of two fatal lifting related incidents in India.
The first incident occurred on Saturday in Gwalior, south of Agra, in Madhya Pradesh. Three employees of the Gwalior municipal corporation died, and one was seriously injured when the truck mounted fire rescue platform, which they were using to install a flag on the post office building, suffered a structural failure on one of the outrigger beams.
The deceased were named as Pradip Rajouria, 32, Kuldip Dandotiya, 35, and Vinod Sharma, 55. A complaint has been submitted by the family of the injured employee, Manzar Alam Khan, for culpable homicide not amounting to murder. The process names the corporation and its fire officer Umang Pradhan as well as the platform’s driver Dharmendra Verma. It alleges that despite requests by all four employees not to use the platform as they lacked training on it, both Pradhan and Verma insisted on using it.
The second incident occurred on Friday at the US Embassy in Delhi, where construction work is being undertaken. A large lattice crane is said to have overturned resulting in the deaths of two men, while a third was injured. One of the deceased was declared dead at the scene while the other later passed away in hospital.
While we have confirmed that an incident occurred, we do not have any further details at this point but will update this item is and when we receive anything.