GDN: AN investigation has been launched by the Labour Ministry after a Bangladeshi worker was killed and another injured in a worksite accident.
Al Hassanain Contracting Company carpenter Hamid Rahatulla died and his colleague Muhammad Mofizul Islam, also a Bangladeshi, was hurt after sand collapsed on them at a sewage pit in Hidd.
The incident took place when both workers were at a Works Ministry project, three metres underground, to fix a sewage pipeline.
Mr Rahatulla, 33, suffocated, but Mr Ali, 54, managed to survive and is being treated in hospital.
Mr Ali is said to have worked as a labourer for MAG Al Ghanem International Construction and Properties Group, but was reported absent from work.
Ministry occupational health and safety department acting head and senior occupational safety engineer Hussain Al Shami said preliminary investigations suggest the incident took place due to negligence.
"The incident is still under investigation, but the preliminary investigations suggest the incident took place due to negligence," said Mr Al Shami.
"The men were working three metres below the ground and they didn't use a supporting stand.
"The sand fell over them as they were fixing a sewage pipeline.
"We were informed of the incident and our team went to investigate."
Mr Al Shami urged companies and workers to follow safety rules and regulations at worksites.
"Construction and contracting companies plus the workers must follow safety measures to ensure they are working in a safe environment," he said.
"They must not ignore safety rules and regulations while at the worksite."
Company spokesman said the case was still under investigation and a full report would be submitted to consulting engineers and the relevant authorities.
This is the second worksite accident in less than two weeks.
The ministry is still investigating the death of a Nepali worker, who died on June 16 following a worksite accident.
Sayed Kadhem Al Durazi and Sons group of company's mechanic Ram Kumar Karki was killed when he was trapped inside a loading machine used for collecting sand and rubbish.
Mr Karki, from Bhojpur district in Nepal, came to Bahrain two years ago and is survived by a wife, a daughter and a son.