Jamshedpur : In a tragic mishap a contractual worker died of asphyxiation inside a 50-ft sewer manhole at Ramdas Bhatta health depot of Tata Steel subsidiary Jusco at Ranikudar under Kadma police Station on Tuesday.
Aakash Karua (31) another contractual worker, who had followed the deceased inside the manhole, is undergoing treatment at the TMH. According to information Ganesh Karua (30) had gone inside the manhole to pick a gas measurement equipment but lost balance after inhaling methane inside the death hole.
He died of suffocation on the spot. As the news spread, Ganesh’s body was fished out by Tata Steel fire brigade after struggle of over an hour. Panic gripped the area as contractual workers shouted for help while health workers looked confused. A large crowd gathered inside the depot to helpless watch the tragedy.
Jusco senior general manager Capt. Dhananjay Mishra and other officials arrived at the spot to supervise the resue operation. Karua was later rushed to Tata main Hospital, where doctors declared him brought dead.
A resident of Loco Colony Harijan Bustee under Parsudih police station, Ganesh, who is married with a 5-year-old child, worked under a contractor Azgar Khan. He, along with other contractual workers, was deployed at the health depot which hosts one of the sewer manholes.
Vikram Karua, a contractual worker an eye witness to the tragic incident, said that a gas measurement equipment accidently fell inside the manhole from health depot supervisor Venkat Rao’s hands. He asked Ganesh to pick the equipment.
The cover of the manhole was removed before he went down with help of a rope ladder. He must have gone about 3-4 ft deep when he lost his balance after probably coming in contact of methane gas and fell down.
Vikram said that supervisor Rao should have immediately called the fire brigade but he ordered Aakash to go inside. He died due to negligence of Rao.
Latter family members of Ganesh and Aakash assembled at the TMH even as members of All Jharkhand Mukhi Samaj raised slogans against Jusco and hospital management. They demanded immediate action against those involved.