A 58-year-old resident of Alandur died in a freak accident on Tuesday night.
Police said a driver attached to metro rail construction work going in his crane near the Alandur subway when it rammed an electricity pole. The pole fell and the area was plunged into darkness.
Vinayagam, before whose house in MKN Nagar the accident occurred, came out to see what the commotion was and came in touch with an electric wire and was electrocuted. No one noticed his body in the darkness until his family members came out and spotted it. Vinayagam, a financier and a trader in garments, is survived by his wife and three children.
Soon St Thomas Mount traffic police arrived, sent the body for postmortem and arrested the crane driver, Sanjay Maraka Jesilas from Maharashtra, for rash driving. In January, the girder of a crane involved in metro rail construction came crashing down close to the site of Tuesday’s accident, killing one person and injuring three others.
Sudhir Raj, a resident of the area, said, “I wonder how metro rail officials selected this narrow stretch to put up pillars to carry out the work. First, a few workers associated with metro rail work were killed in an accident on Poonamallee High road and in January this year, a worker in Alandur was killed. Now, another person has been killed.
Some workers who did not wish to be named said that safety norms were not adhered to at the work place. “We are not covered by any insurance scheme. If we die at the work spot, our families will not get anything. It is time the government looked into our woes,” said one worker.