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Lift kills 5, injures 10 at city hotel site -Wakandarsi Wa Bongo Amkeni

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  1. Shadow

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    Wakandarasi wa Bongo, natumaini ukiona mwenzako ananyolewa ,we tia maji.


    By Eddie Ssejjoba
    and Ronald Kabuubi

    FIVE people died when a lift at a Kampala hotel construction site collapsed yesterday. The incident occurred at about 1:00pm when a lift carrying 15 workers and materials from the 9th floor collapsed at the third level as it descended to the ground, killing three people on the spot and injuring 12 others.

    Later on two others died in Mulago hospital, bringing the dead to five.
    Hilton hotel is being built by Aya Investments in Nakasero.

    The Police spokesperson, Judith Nabakooba, identified those who died on the spot as Steven Mukisa, who was a carpenter/foreman, Nicholas Masete and Ivan Byaruhanga. The two who died in Mulago were Godfrey Oryeiwun, a carpenter, who died two hours later and Godfrey Basiima.

    A list of the injured who were admitted to Mulago hospital was pinned at the causality unit to enable relatives and friends identify them.

    The officer in charge of first aid and safety at the AYA site, Wilson Muwonge, who was attending to the victims at the hospital, said the accident occurred at about 1:00pm when everyone was rushing for lunch.

    He explained that the 15 employees used the lift, which was meant for only 10 people, yet it had other materials.
    "I was at the ground level when I heard a big bang and later wailings. We all rushed to the scene and found the victims still struggling inside the lift, with blood spilling all over," he narrated.

    Muwonge said he called the Red Cross team who provided ambulances to rush the injured to Mulago hospital. Mulago also sent an ambulance and a rescue team to help the victims.

    The hospital causality unit was a bee-hive of activity as doctors and nurses walked up and down giving care and treatment to the victims, some of whom had broken legs, arms and multiple head injuries.

    A group of shocked workers stood in groups at the construction site as Police officers led by the regional Police commander, Edward Ochom and the regional CID officer, Moses Musana, inspected the scene before obtaining statements from witnesses.

    Pools of blood, broken helmets and shoes littered the first floor where the lift crushed.

    The AYA chairman, Hamid Muhammad, said he was not at the scene at the time of the incident.

    "It is an unfortunate incident. The lift was overloaded by workers with some materials because they were rushing for lunch, forcing it to collapse," he said.
    He explained that the lift had three notices inside warning against carrying more than 10 people when ascending or descending.

    "But they were 15 people inside, plus some building materials at the time of the accident," he said and blamed the accident on the negligent workers who he said failed to follow the instructions.

    Muhammad said the company would compensate the victims and meet treatment costs for the injured. "We shall take care of the families of the dead and compensate them and give maximum treatment to those injured because they are poor."

    Aya human resource manager Arthur Hanyorwa said the company purchased foodstuffs and other items like medicine, towels and blankets for the injured because many did not have relatives to care for them. "I'm now in town buying items for our injured people," he said on phone.

    Hanyorwa added that the building was insured with Statewide Insurance

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  2. Lole Gwakisa

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    It is a sad day for all construction personnel, persons that all over the world are the real development workers.Condolenses to the bereaved and let this be a warning and reminder that this is what happens when you let down the guard for safety on sites.
    Research shows that apart from civil strifes, construction sites have the next most dangerous occupational hazards.
     
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    Haya mavitu yanatisha sana. Niliwahi kunasa pale jengo la Lumumba kwa saa moja na dakika 10 bahati nzuri tulikuwa watu wanne tu kama tungekuwa tumejazana na joto la Dar kwa saa nzima kuna uwezekano kabisa kungekuwa na maafa. Basi tulikuwa na mmakonde ambaye tulinasa naye kwenye lift jamaa akaanza kutema mate mle kwenye lift acha nimjie juu. Watu wengine bwana utatemaje mate ndani ya lift!!!!
     
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    Hii ni ajali tu.. yaweza kutokea popote duniani...iwe Kampala au New York!

    Mungu azilaze peponi roho za marehemu!
     
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    Mzalendo Halisi.

    Suala ni tahadhari na pia mfumo wa ukaguzi tanzania huko ICU. Ni lift ngapi Tanzania zinafanyiwa matengenezo kulingana na muda wake au mpaka watu wanase. Tizama jengo la ushirika, ile lift nahisi iliwekwa pale miongo mitatu iliyopita na muda wake ushaisha lakini watu kwa kutojali wanaendelea kuiburuza. Tena kuiendesha wameweka rubani na kigoda chake. God forbid, sasa hiyo nayo ikileta maafa utaita ajali nayo utasema ajali haina kinga?

    Sehemu nyingine yenye lift zenye utata ni jengo la kitegauchumi. Niliwahi kunasa na jamaa wengine wawili, kupigana emergency namba haifanyi kazi na jamaa mmoja alikuwa na mgandamizo wa damu sasa tukawa na kazi ya kutoa huduma ya kwanza. Ilibidi tupambane kwa msaada wa walingi tukaweza kuifungua hiyo lift manually.

    Ni mamlaka gani inatakiwa kupita na kukagua haya majengo hasa kwenye suala la njia za kujiokoa na moto pamoja na hizi lift?

    RIP kwa hao waanga wa lift huko Uganda
     
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    Complacency when not checked is one notch down on the guard on safety.
     
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    ...fortunately, construction sites za kibongo bongo, zinakwenda kibongo bongo hivyo hivyo,..matumizi ya lifti adimu.

    ...uzembe wao wenyewe, wabongo waangalifu inapokuja suala la 'kutaniana na kifo'......
     
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    ...ushauri wa bure; Incase of fire Never ever use a lift!!!
     
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