Two dead in labor accidents

Two people died and several were injured at the end of last week, in two labor incidents. Yesterday, in Popesti-Leordeni, one man was electrocuted and died, and two other were injured after touching a high-voltage line. The incident occurred while the men were vehicle-operating a metallic scaffolding within the Bifa factory courtyard. The driver was instantly carbonized and the two vehicle passengers helping with the scaffolding move, suffered severe injuries, according to Ilfov police info. The two surviving men were sent to Bucharest’s Bagdasar-Arseni hospital. The accident is currently being investigated by the Labor Protection Service.

Another serious incident occurred on Friday, in Bucharest’s newly opened Sun Plaza mall, when three men fell within an elevator shaft. One 30 year old man died and two other were sent to hospital. A labor protection team’s first investigation showed the men were all employees of the company administering the mall, and were attempting an elevator repair. An emergency medic quoted by Mediafax said the men fell down four stories in a shaft that was filled with water. The attempts to revive one of the men were unsuccessful, while the two wounded, aged 23 and 27 suffered minor head traumas and refused hospital admission.

An inquiry is currently underway, meant to elucidate incident circumstances. “It looks like the three men were employed by one of the companies working in the area,” a member of the labor protection team said.

A press release from the Sun Plaza administration reads: “The office building where the incident occurred is currently under construction so it is not open to public access.”

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