Man crushed to death by machine at tyre factory

Man crushed to death by machine at tyre factory

A contract employee of JK Tyres on KRS Road here was crushed to death by a rubber milling machine on the factory premises early Thursday morning.

The deceased has been identified as Ravi (32) of Sunnadakeri in the city. The incident occurred when he was feeding rubber to the machine at 6.50 am.

According to police, Ravi was working as a daily wager for the past four years and was not trained in operating the machine.

According to sources, the operator had left the place when the night shift ended at 7 am. Ravi, a helper, was feeding rubber to the machine. An employee said, the machines are not switched off and the workers need to continue their work till the employee of the next shift takes charge, but this was not the case on Thursday.

Police said, though necessary safety measures were in place in the factory, Ravi got crushed in the machine as he lacked expertise in operating the machine. Prima facie, it looks like the incident occurred due to negligence. Police said similar accidents had been reported in the past also.

As many as 2,000 employees work in the factory in different shifts at different branches all over the country.

The employees, family members and relatives of Ravi staged a protest in front of the factory, demanding compensation. The company has promised suitable compensation and a job to one of the members of Ravi's family, it is said.

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