Bengaluru: A 24-year-old mason was buried alive, while three other construction labourers escaped with minor injuries when a part of a retention wall collapsed on them as they were digging a pit for the pillar of a residential building at Jakkur Layout in Amruthhalli on Wednesday.
The deceased, Madhusudhan, was a resident of Siddlaghatta.
The police said that Madhusudhan was working with eight other labourers at the site, where a house for city businessman Chandrashekhar Reddy is being constructed. Four labourers were working at the other side of the site, while Madhusushan and three others were digging the pit for the pillar.
Around 12.30 pm, Madhusudhan, who was standing at the edge of the six-foot-deep pit, got down to help the other workers shift mud. As they kept removing mud, the earth loosened and hollow bricks of the retention wall collapsed on the workers. While the three labourers managed to climb out to safety, Madhsudhan could not.
The other labourers rushed to Madhusudhan’s help, cleared the mud and pulled him out. They then took him to a hospital nearby where the doctors declared him brought dead. The other three labourers, who had sustained minor injuries, were treated and discharged.
The hospital alerted the police who rushed to the spot and conducted a probe. The police said that Madhusudhan and the other labourers did not have any safety equipment at the site.
The police have recorded the statements of injured labourers and booked a case of death due to negligence against Reddy....