Srinagar: A PDD lineman was electrocuted Wednesday, injuring his left arm badly, while repairing a high tension wire in Harai area of Kralpora in Kupwara district.
This is for the second time in four years that Shareef-u-Deen Peer, 37, injured his arm by an electric shock in similar circumstances.
Under treatment at the burn ward of SMHS hospital in Srinagar, Shareef told Kashmir Reader that no safety equipment was ever provided to him.
Barely able to talk Shareef, in a low tone said that “miscommunication between the employees of the PDD” caused the accident.
Shareef is still awaiting the compensation for the first accident that injured his other arm badly.
A number of PDD linemen in Kashmir, many of them low-paid contract employees, have died or received serious injuries by electrocution while on work without safety gears.
Jammu and Kashmir Non Gazetted Electrical Employee Union, president Sanjay Dhar told Kashmir Reader that there is a long history of negligence on part of entire system.
Lack of communication between colleagues is one of the major causes leading to such incidents, and negligence of officials being another, Dhar said.
With 48 deaths in 24 months, earlier this year a senior PDD official in an interview said that workers get casual with the use of the safety equipment.
However, Dhar said it was the responsibility of officials.
“The line men in literal sense are lay men who know very little about of the engineered structures of the power system. It is the duty of the concerned Junior Engineer to supervise and guide them with their work. This is for what they are trained at their respective engineering schools,” Dhar said. “Without the permission of the concerned JE, a line man is not allowed to the job, it’s him who assigns the work to the linemen.”
“The system is deteriorated and human lives are not valued,” Dhar remarked.