Young man injured after getting trapped under carpet roll dies

Male' Commercial Harbor. (File Photo/Sun/Fayaz Moosa)

A young man who sustained injuries after getting trapped under a falling turf carpet roll in the Male’ Commercial Harbor in early February has passed away in a hospital in India.

Imran Ali, 28, HDh. Nolhivaram, sustained critical injuries in the accident which took place at the Male’ Commercial Harbor on February 4.

He was initially treated at the intensive care unit in Indhira Gandhi Memorial Hospital (IGMH) in Male’, but was transported to India on February 15.

He passed away at approximately 01:30 am this Wednesday, while under treatment at the intensive care unit of the Amrita Hospital in Kochi.

An official from Maldives Ports Limited (MPL) told Sun the accident took place as workers unloaded a shipment of carpet rolls, and attempted to load them on to a boat using a crane.

“As the carpet roll was lifted using the crane, it fell down for some reason,” said the official.

MPL identified Imran as a worker for the Mina Investment clearance group.

The case is under investigation by MPL’s Accident and Investigation Committee. Mina Investment’s clearance group and MPL workers involved in the operation in question have been placed under suspension pending the outcome of the investigation.

MPL has stated they are investigating the case as a serious issue and will take action against those responsible.

They also said they are working on revising rules and regulations in order to strengthen safety at the Male’ Commercial Harbor.

The fatal accident in February is the second such accident at the Male’ Commercial Harbor this year, coming after Abdulla Asim, 27, (Feyrugasdhoshuge, N. Landhoo) – a MPL worker - died from injuries he sustained after getting trapped under a fallen glass pallet in January.