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2 labourers killed, 1 injured while unloading marble tiles at IIT-Bombay – Times of India

MUMBAI: Two labourers were crushed to death and one was injured while trying to unload heavy marble tiles from a truck inside the IIT-Bombay campus at Powai on Sunday afternoon. Powai Police said they would inquire who was responsible for the deaths and would register a case of negligence.
The incident occurred at Shailesh J Mehta School of Management around 12.30 pm. The Italian marble tiles had been brought for Delhi for interior work ongoing in the management school. The contractor, Keshav Kumar and Associates, and the labourers are from Pune.
Mahavir Yadav, 21, and Dinesh Jehangir, 42, were trying to lift out the tiles along with a third labourer, Hemraj Chaudhary , 30. Each tile was about 150 kg and 6X8 feet in size. “Most of the work was done and the labourers were unloading the last batch of tiles when they lost balance. Six of the tiles fell over Yadav and Jehangir, crushing them to death on the spot. We had to extricate their bodies out of the debris. The tiles were so heavy that they did not stand a chance,” said a police officer. Chaudhary was rushed to a local hospital in Powai with injuries. His condition is stable.
Jehangir was related to the contractor, police said. Accidental deaths have been recorded for now. Yadav and Jehangir’s bodies will undergo Covid tests before an autopsy examination is carried out.
“The contractor was present at the spot when the incident occurred. We would be making inquiries with him,” said an officer.