Officials of China Gezhouba Group Company Limited have been sued after a concrete girder crashed on a passing car in Uttara town in Bangladesh’s capital Dhaka. The company is the construction contractor of the infrastructure project.
The tragic accident happened at 4 p.m. on August 15. A crane was moving the girder onto a trailer but collapsed and dropped it over a passing car on the street. The event happened on one of the most busy highways in Dhaka. The construction site was part of the Bus Transit Project.
Five people, including two minors, were killed, and two others were injured. The crane appeared to have been unable to handle the weight of the precast girder, which is about 50-60 tonnes. This has drawn public attention to the infrastructure project’s safety measures and traffic management.
As The Daily Star reports, the grieving brother of the victims filed a legal challenge on August 16. Five individuals, including the crane operator, were named.
The case was filed under sections 338 (causing grievous hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of others) and 304 (causing death by negligence).
An official-in-charge says, “The accused are unnamed and the number was not mentioned in the case. We are identifying those who were negligent and trying to arrest them.”
This was not the first time the Bus Transit Project encountered safety management issues. The United News of Bangladesh reports that precisely a month ago, a crane in the project’s Gazipur section crashed over, killing one worker. At least six people narrowly escaped fatality after a portion of the launching girder toppled on them.