Two workers died after falling from the 10th floor of a building in the capital’s Sadarghat early Friday.
The victims were bringing down an embroidery machine from the 10th floor of the 17-storey Great Wall Market with the help of chain pulleys around 1:30am after cutting the floor-wall, said Abdul Khalek, a security guard of the market.
One shackle of the chain pulleys broke because of the machine’s heavy weight, and the workers fell to the ground. The machine was then hanging precariously with the support of another shackle, which also broke shortly, he said quoting witnesses.
“All on a sudden, I heard a bang and rushed out of the market only to see two bodies in front of it and the embroidery machine at a little distance,” he added.
Habib and Nawab, both aged about 25, were rushed to Dhaka Medical College Hospital where doctors declared them dead.
Asked about safety measures, Md Rafiqul Islam, officer-in-charge Sutrapur Police Station, said, “A 2.5-ton-machine can hardly be supported by two thin chains. There should have sufficient safety measures.”
Talking to The Daily Star over phone, Abul Hashem, one of the five owners of the market, said, “We ordered the owner of an embroidery factory, located on the 10th floor, to remove the machine from there, since such a heavy machine might cause floor collapse.”