Case registered against building owner over death of five labourers in Karachi


KARACHI: A case has been registered on Sunday into a lift accident at an under-construction building in Karachi that claimed lives of at least five workers.

Owner of the building Muhammad Ameen, contractor, Mosa Iqbal and Irfan-ur-Rehman have been named in the case lodged at the Boat Basin police station on the complaint of Sub-Inspector (SI) Riaz.

Charges of murder and denial from giving medical aid have been included in the case.

Yesterday, five labourers lost their lives when a construction lift being used by them collapsed at a building in Boat Basin area of the metropolis.

However, the reasons for the accident were not yet disclosed.

Senior Superintendent Police (SSP) South said that the incident caused due to lift collapse when labourers were busy in installing mirrors on the under construction building.

Further investigation was underway to find out reasons for the accident in other aspects, he said.

Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah took notice of the incident and directed concerned departments to provide facilities to the affected labourers besides investigating into the accident.

World-related accidents or illnesses are common in Pakistan which mainly caused due to the criminal negligence of the authorities and builders who failed to implement basic safety and health standards for labourers.

According to International Labour Organisation (ILO) report, around 2.2 million people die every year due to work-related accidents or illnesses, more than 270 million workers are injured and an estimated 160 million suffer work-related illnesses.