Building owner, contractor asked to pay for labourer’s death

August 29th, 2008 - 11:30 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Aug 29 (IANS) A city court Friday ordered the owner and a construction contractor of a building to pay a compensation of Rs. 1.6 million to the family of a labourer, who the court said had died due to their negligence.Additional District Judge Kamini Lau held Khem Chand and Surendra Kumar guilty of negligence and ordered them to pay respectively Rs.100,000 and Rs.6,80,000 to the family of Munshi Sahni, who died due to electric shock June 16, 2003.

Munshi was drawing water from a hand pump at the site in Bhagirathi Vihar in East Delhi, when he came in contact with live electricity wires.

“There is a liability on the owner and the contractor to make sure that their labourers work in good condition and are not exposed to danger of any sort,” noted Kamini Lau in her order.

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