Three men were recovered alive with only minor injuries after the roof of a house they were working in collapsed on Tuesday.
The roof of the building on Girja Road, a rural locality in the suburbs of Rawlapindi, caved in after the contractor was trying to lift it using a jack.
Rescue 1122 and area police said Muhammad Hameed, the owner of the house located in Nai Abbadi-II, had hired a contractor for the purpose.
The machine lifting the roof broke down midway through the task, leading to collapse of the roof, and trapping Hameed and two laborers.
The trapped men were helped by other labourers and people of the area. All three of them were recovered safely with minor injuries, said a Rescue 1122 official, who was at the scene.
“The building apparently collapsed because one of the walls was weaker. The rear wall of the house could not take the weight of the roof,” said in-charge of the Girja police post, Sub Inspector Muhammad Arshad, adding that the injured were taken to a nearby private hospital.
The area is managed by the Potohar Town Municipal Administration where building bylaws exist but are not being complied with, said a municipality official.
The official, asking not to be named, said in the last six months, two incidents on Girja Road and the nearby Chakra Road have seen under-construction buildings collapse.
Potohar Town Administrator Talat Mehmood Gondal could not be reached for comments.
Published in The Express Tribune, April 4th, 2012.
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