Dhaka, July 13 (UNB) – A construction worker fell to his death from a building he was working at in the city’s Malibagh Rail Gate area on Saturday.
The deceased was identified as Babu, 40, son of Abdus Salam of a village in Bogura.
Ruman, a co-worker , said Babu was engaged in the breaking of a house (for another to be built on the same plot)along with other workers on Saturday morning. Suddenly, Babu slipped from the first-floor rooftop and fell around noon.
He was taken to the Dhaka Medical College Hospital. There, he succumbed to his injuries at around 7:15 pm, said Inspector Bachhu Miah, in-charge of the DMCH police camp. The body was being kept at the DMCH morgue for post-mortem, he added.
Construction is generally known to be one of the most dangerous professions in the world, and in Bangladesh it is no different. Falls are the leading cause of construction fatalities globally, although in Bangladesh it came second to electrocution in 2017, the last year for which the data was compiled.
It showed 179 construction fatalities, i.e. deaths of construction workers that can be directly attributed to something they were doing as part of their work, while 42 workers were seriously injured in 2017. Of the incidents, almost a third (33.03 percent) were caused by electrocution, while nearly 29 percent were the result of a fall.