Delhi: Sanitation worker dies while cleaning sewer in LNJP hospital
A 48-year-old sanitation worker died on Sunday while sewage cleaning in Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Hospital in New Delhi. Three people are also hospitalised in the incident.
The sanitation work was allotted to a private contractor by the PWD department. The deceased has been identified as one, Rishipal.
According to the reports, it is tenth such death in Delhi in just over a month. However, the police are yet to file a case.
On August 6, three sanitation workers have died due to asphyxiation while cleaning a drain in southeast Delhi's Lajpat Nagar.
The workers were cleaning a sewer line in Lajpat Nagar near the Kabir Ram temple. They had gone inside the sewer and inhaled toxic fumes and were later found unconscious, they said.
They were taken to AIIMS Trauma Centre where the doctors declared that they were "brought dead".
In a similar incident just three weeks ago, four sanitation workers died of suffocation while cleaning a septic tank in south Delhi's Ghitorni area.
Every day hundreds of men descend into the putrid, foul smelling gutters of the national capital without any safety gear. There is a lack of safety equipment and proper procedures are seldom followed, which puts the lives of thousands of sanitation workers at risk.