Worker buried under steel plates and earth at site

SANDAKAN - An Indian national was killed in a cave-in incident at a construction site of a power transmission facility at Jalan Labuk, about 18km from here.

Sona Mahto, 32, was pulled out dead by his colleagues after he was buried under steel plates and earth while preparing a 2m deep hole for the foundation of the transmission facility.

However, his countryman, Tipnarayan Mahto, 31, managed to clamber out of the hole in the nick of time although he suffered light injuries.

During the 4pm incident yesterday, the two workers were working on the foundation when the cave-in happened.

Other workers rushed to their aid, and using excavators and shovels, managed to remove the earth and steel plates that had buried Sona.

Sandakan Fire and Rescue Services Department dispatched two teams, including an Emergency Medical Rescue Services (EMRS) with 10 firemen, to the scene upon receiving the distress call at 4.39pm.

Department chief Anddre Andrew said when firemen arrived at the location some 25 minutes later, Sona's body had already been brought out from the hole.

"Our EMRS provided first-aid treatment to Tipnarayan before sending him to the Duchess of Kent Hospital for further medical observation," said Andrew.

Sona's body was sent to the hospital for a post-mortem.