At least 18 construction workers were injured in Tangail as a 26-feet tall porch of an under-construction building at Mawlana Bhashani Science and Technology University collapsed on them early yesterday.
Habibur Rahman, executive engineer of MBSTU, primarily suspected that the incident occurred due to weak centering when the porch was being welded.
Asked about the safety measures of the workers, he said there “might be negligence on the sub-contractor's side”.
Prof Sirajul Islam, proctor of the university, said the injured workers were rushed to Tangail General Hospital right after the incident around 12:15am.
Narayan Chandra Saha, superintendent of Tangail General Hospital, said 18 injured workers were taken to the hospital. Of them, three were discharged after giving primary treatment, three were referred to Dhaka as their conditions were deteriorating, and rests were admitted to the hospital.
Abdur Razzak, senior station manager of Tangail Fire Station, said on information, fire fighters rushed to the spot and rescued the workers with help of the locals.
The five-storey establishment with a ten-storey foundation is being planned to be made a multipurpose building for the students of the university.
This correspondent could not reach any of the contractors despite repeated attempts over phone.