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Abnormal winds to blame for collapse of SGR wall in Naivasha – KR

The two workers were building the multi-billion shilling Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) in Maai Mahiu when the accident occurred/FILE

NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 22- Kenya Railways Corporation says it is investigating an accident that happened in Maimahiu Naivasha on Monday where two workers of the China Roads and Bridge Corporation died on the spot when a pillar fell on them.

The two workers were building the multi-billion shilling Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) phase two in Mai Mahiu when the accident occurred injuring four others.

Managing Director Atanus Maina says initial investigations attributes the cause of the incident to an abnormally strong wind which caused the enforcement bars of the culvert under construction to collapse.

Maina, however, refuted claims that the workers did not have helmets and other protective gear while working on the culvert hence the fatalities, saying that Kenya Railways has since the construction of Phase 1 of the project, strictly ensured the contractor abides by labor laws and safety procedures in all matters.

“It is, however, worth noting that Kenya Railways has continually and strictly ensured that the Contractor abides with the set-out labour laws in the engagements with their employees. Standard safety procedures have been laid down and the supervising consultant for the SGR project ensures that these are followed to the letter. Adjustments are made periodically to continue improving the safety of the employee,” he said.

To effectively manage the aftermath issues, Kenya Railways MD has directed the SGR Contractor to make adjustments to reorganize the working shifts, and offer paid leave to the affected in a bid to allow time for the healing process.

He added that the contractor will cater for the funeral expenses and hospital bills for the affected.

“In light of this accident, the contractor will conduct a safety compliance check at all our sub-section offices to ensure that every section is adhering to the laid down safety procedures. The contractor will also initiate the compensation and claim process with the insurance providers,” he added.

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