Satin Sachdeva, Founder & Secretary General, Construction Equipment Rental Association
Safety in infrastructure sector means preventing accidents, loss and damage to human life and equipment. Being adequately trained and aware of the equipment in use is imperative, especially in the case of heavy equipment. They can be dangerous when not used properly. An unskilled operator or a faulty machine is a risk for humans working around and for the machine itself.
Recently, a crane operator died after a 500-ton crane tilted over and collapsed while placing a girder of a Metro rail line in Mumbai. It was due to lack of awareness, skill, and knowledge about operating an equipment, safely. The accident caused loss of life and damage to the equipment.
A study by the International Labour Organization reported that 165 out of every 1,000 construction workers are injured daily in India. According to the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi, around 48,000 people die at work in India every year and 70% of them are construction workers.