Kollam mishap: How many more have to die, asks Muralee Thummarukudy


Muralee also criticised the fireforce department for suggesting to close the well.

Visuals from the accident spot | Photo: Screengrab|Mathrubhumi News

The mishap at Kollam in which four workers lost their lives was avoidable, said Muralee Thummarukudy, Operations Manager, Crisis Management Branch of United Nations Environment Programme.

The workers were asphyxiated on Thursday when they entered a well to clean it. Muralee Thummarukudy put up a Facebook post reacting to the incident.

There have been many such incidents in the state. Workers have to be trained to enter such ‘confined spaces’ and they should also be equipped with gas detectors, which are available online, he said.

Muralee said the Indian Institute of Infrastructure and Construction at Kollam can start such training courses. Many trained people have returned from the Gulf countries. They can be used for this, he said. He also criticised the fireforce department for suggesting to close the well.

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