Construction worker gets buried in sand

ABU DHABI - An Asian construction worker narrowly escaped death on Sunday morning after he was buried in the sand at a construction site in the capital, eyewitnesses said.

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Published: Mon 17 May 2004, 9:24 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 2:24 PM

The construction worker was digging a deep pit for laying the foundation for a multi-storey building being constructed at the Hamdan Street when the worker, Shetu, a Bangladeshi, was `swallowed up' by sand. He lay buried almost up to his neck for quite some time, until his fellow workers noticed he was missing.

On searching for him, they suddenly saw a part of his head sticking out of the sand and they quickly rushed to pull him out.

"I was directing the traffic just five metres away from the site of the accident, when I observed that one man who was digging a deep pit was not there", a worker told Khaleej Times.

He said when he reached the spot Shetu had gone deep into the sands and still the hot sands engulfed him. "I could see only part of his head above the level of the pit, which is eight-feet deep from the ground level."

His fellow workers pulled the worker who was unconscious and pale out of the sands after lot of struggle.

After being rescued, Shetu was immediately provided with the first aid by an ambulance which arrived at the site. He was then put on a respirator following which his condition was declared stable after 15-minutes.

The Bangladeshi worker had joined the construction company a couple of days ago. He was working along with half a dozen of his colleagues on a mega construction project.

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