Accra: One die as building collapses

By Wendy Amarteifio
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One die as building collapses

A Senior High School graduate whose name was only given as Wisdom has died as a result of a building collapsing near the old Melcom in Industrial area, Accra.


Wisdom was said to be working as a labourer in the building.

The body of the deceased has since been deposited at the Police Hospital mortuary.

Three others rescued from the rubble were rushed to the Kaneshie Polyclinic and the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital, where they were treated and discharged.

The incident reportedly occurred around 2:30 p.m last Saturday, the incident reportedly collapsed while close to 15 construction workers were working on it.

According to one of the constructors, they had almost finished casting the concrete for the afternoon when the incident happened.

“We didn’t see a crack anywhere; all we heard was an explosion and then the building came down. Wisdom was down the building and he got trapped and died when the concrete fell on him,” he said.

“It was one of the scariest moments of my life. I don’t know how I survived it without any injury,” he added.

At the accident site, carpenters were busily barricading the place, under the supervision of the police, a team from the National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO) and the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA).

Iron rods and heavy concrete slabs hung loosely and dangerously in the pile of rubble.

The Presiding Member of the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA), Mr. Alfred Adjei, said the AMA had a call that a building under construction had collapsed while workers were working on it.

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He said when the AMA team got to the area, scores of employees were injured and the first thing was to send them to the Kaneshie Polyclinic.

He noted that the injured who were sent to the Kaneshie Polyclinic were later referred to the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital for treatment.

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