Worker rescued as building under construction collapses in Abuja

Worker rescued when building under construction collapses in Abuja

A worker was rescued alive after the partial collapse of a building under construction in Abuja.

The worker was trapped when a part of the building near Taj Bank in the Central Business District collapsed on Saturday, November 25, 2023, at around 3:30 pm.

Nkechi Isa, Head of Public Relations at the Federal Capital Territory Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), who made this known in a statement in Abuja, said the victim was part of the workers casting the first floor of the building when the entire cast fell into it.

Isa said the victim was rescued and taken to the Trauma Center of the National Hospital, Abuja for medical attention.

Isa added that FEMA was alerted around 4pm after construction workers’ unsuccessful attempts to rescue their trapped colleague.

“The FEMA Search and Rescue Team and the FCT Fire Department responded to the distress call and managed to rescue the trapped man with the help of extrication equipment and the construction company’s excavator,” the spokesperson said.

Reacting to the development, Mr. Mohammed Sabo, Acting Director General of FEMA, appealed to developers to always adhere to building codes to prevent recurrence of building collapse.

Soba, who was personally at the site of the rescue operation, also advised construction companies and developers against the use of substandard materials and aggressive practices during the construction of buildings.

He urged developers to prioritize the safety of workers and future occupants of any building under construction.


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