Mock drill death: Four firemen suspended

Last Updated: Sunday, February 26, 2012 - 17:22

Bangalore: Four firemen were suspended on Sunday
for their "negligence" during a mock drill, which resulted in
a garment factory worker falling to her death from the third
floor of the unit earlier this week.

Fire officers Devaraju and K Narayanaswamy and Fire
Station officers Nisar Ahmed and Marianna were suspended after
a Fire Department probe yesterday into the incident.

"The report is expected to be submitted in a week`s time,"
DGP, Fire Services, AR Infant told PTI here.

Infant said the four were suspended for not following
standard operating norms while conducting drills. "They should
have tested the quality of the rope before using it for the
mock drill," he said.

The officials also should have arranged for enough cushions
at various points on the ground, Infant said.

Nalini (24) fell to her death from the third floor of a
garment factory on February 24 during the mock drill after the
rope snapped.

The drill was being conducted by the Fire Department in the
premises of Bombay Rayon Fashion Limited in Peenya Industrial
Area in north Bangalore to test the preparedness of factory
workers and fire officials during a fire.

The garment factory management has announced a compensation
of Rs five lakh to the next kin of Nalini.

PTI



First Published: Sunday, February 26, 2012 - 17:22

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