July 29 (NIA) – At least nine people who were involved in constructing a new building in Pune, in west-central India, were killed when the building collapsed on Friday, police said.
Several construction workers were also seriously injured and rushed to nearby hospitals.
The incident took place when a construction slab, on the 14th floor collapsed. Thirteen workers were present on the 14th floor when the mishap took place.
Eight of the workers died on the spot while an immediate search operation was launched to look for workers possibly trapped under the rubble.
“We have taken his incident very seriously. We shall order an inspection of all such construction sites now to ascertain whether they are employing adequate safety measures of the workers,” Pune Mayor, Prashant Jagtap said.
It is not known whether the labourers who are believed killed were wearing safety harnesses while working at that height or why a safety net was not erected below.
Police have summoned the building contractor and the building owners for investigations into the case.