Mysore, Mar. 6 (DM,RK& KMC)- As a quirk of fate, a construction worker died here this morning due to a fall from an overhead water tank under construction at the DC's office park on Hunsur Road here even as hundreds of people took part in a Safety Walk to observe National Safety Day today.

The labourer was killed on the spot after he fell off a crane from a height of about 40 feet while working on the overhead tank.

The deceased worker has been identified as Syedulla Sheikh (29), a native of Kolkata, working in Mysore since the past one year.

He was being taken atop the tank (10 lakh litre capacity being constructed under JNNURM) by a crane when he is said to have slipped from his perch and fallen to the ground.

His brother Mohammedulla Sheikh, a co-worker at the spot and other workers are said to have called 108 Ambulance and informed the officials concerned.

However, neither the ambulance nor the officials turned up at the spot till about an hour, by which time the worker died.

As part of the 39th National Safety Day, a Safety Walk was taken out from Jaganmohan Palace premises here this morning.

The walkathon passed through K.R. Circle, Devaraj Urs Road, Narayana Shastry Road, Irwin Road, Ashoka Road and Town Hall before culminating at Jaganmohan Palace where a function was held.

KSRTC Divisional Controller M.N. Srinivas flagged off the safety walk at 8 am. Employees and workers representing various industries and several students numbering about 1000 took part in the Safety Walk.

The National Safety Day was observed under the joint auspices of Karnataka State Safety Institute, National Institute of Personnel Management (NIPM) and Nanjangud Industries Association (NIA).

City Police Commissioner Sunil Agarwal, who inaugurated the programme at Jaganmohan Palace auditorium to mark the occasion, observed that road safety and traffic rules should be strictly followed.

The factory workers should strictly adhere to safety guidelines set out by industries while on work. Any negligence on adhering to safety regulations may lead to mishaps and the industrial workers and other personnel, taking note of this, should become alert and prevent possible mishaps, he said.

Continuing, Agarwal said that vehicle riders should not jump signals in haste as this may lead to accidents. Traffic and road safety rules should be strictly followed by vehicle riders, apart from being alert while moving on roads. Also, compulsory wearing of helmets apart from following other road safety rules will prevent many accidental deaths, he explained.

Industrial Safety and Health Department Director H. Srinivasaiah, who presided, observed that there should be total commitment while working in industries. Only commitment on work can usher social development. About 70 per cent of industrial mishaps are caused by human error and negligence. As such, all concerned should follows the safety guidelines laid out by Industries in preventing these man caused mishaps.

A total of 90 industries in Mysore region have been marked as mishap-prone industries, out of which 7 are chemical based industries. Any accident caused in these chemical industries may lead to a huge disaster. In this backdrop, the Department in association with the district administration has been organising regular programmes on industrial safety, to sensitize the works on safety and other precautionary measurers, he explained.

Additional DC Dr. C.G. Betsurmath, Automotive Axles Director Ashok Rao, Falcon Tyres President B. Rajaraman, J.K. Tyres Vice-President Amitava Chatterjee and others were present. Prizes were distributed to winners of quiz competition on 'safety in industries' held earlier.

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore