PUNE: Following the rising number of deaths of construction labourers, around fifty members of ‘Bandhkam Majdoor Sabha’ (Construction labourers committee - BMS) staged a protest outside Labour Commissioner’s Office in Wakdewadi on Monday, demanding that he intervene in the issue and ensure the safety of construction labourers is looked after at construction sites. The members, which included painters, plumbers, daily wage workers and others, raised slogans demanding safety for labourers.
Three construction labourers were killed and one was injured after they fell off an under-construction building of Pate Developers in Dattawadi area, off Sinhgad Road, Pune, on October 17. Mehboob Nadaf, head of BMS, said that workers are being pressurised by builders to complete the project at the earliest and, hence, safety measures are compromised, leading to such accidents at construction sites. “Moreover, safety equipment like safety net, belts, helmets and other gear should be provided by the builders mandatorily, which will help prevent fatal accidents at construction sites,” added Nadaf.
Speaking on the incident of death of nine labourers killed in a slab collapse case of Park Express site in 2016 and failure of the Chatuhshringi police in nabbing the builder, Mehboob said that many such accidents are not reported to police, as the builder offers compensation to the families of the deceased and moves ahead. “The labourers working at construction sites are poor and it is up to the authorities to give justice to them,” added Mehboob.
The protesters have also asked the Labour Department for the enrollment of all construction labourers so that they get benefits from the government.
Speaking to Sakal Times, Assistant Commissioner of Labour Balasaheb Wagh said that the officials of the Labour Department are notified about the need to check safety measures of the construction labourers at construction sites. “About enrollment of construction labourers at labour office, we will try to speed up the entire process,” added Wagh.