Four die in shuttering collapse at site in India

Four workers were killed and five more were hospitalised yesterday when iron shuttering surrounding an 18-storey building under construction in Noida, India collapsed.

The project near New Delhi, reported as being project-managed by UK-headquartered engineer Mott MacDonald, is in the "Capital City" development owned by developer BPTP on the Noida-Greater Noida Expressway, police told the Press Trust of India (PTI).

A police official said it appeared that a tractor-trolley carrying construction materials hit the shuttering, but that the cause has yet to be officially ascertained.

"Nine people were injured when the shuttering of the building collapsed. Four of them have died, while five others have been hospitalised," a senior police superintendent told PTI.

In a statement, BPTP told PTI the work was being undertaken by Ahulawalia Contractors, while the project is being managed by Mott MacDonald.

"As informed by Ahluwalia Contracts, the incident occurred when the tractor trolley carrying sand hit the shuttering material. As we understand, they are already in touch with the authorities concerned regarding the incident," Rohit Mohan, spokesperson for BPTP, told PTI.

Mott MacDonald has not responded to GCR’s request for a statement.

Image: Site of the shuttering collapse: BPTP’s building in Capital City, Noida, India, photographed in September 2018 (BPTP)

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  1. This is of interest to all involved in temporary works. There are no secrets in safety.

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