BY EVELYN USMAN
Nine construction workers, weekend, escaped death by the whiskers, after a four-storey building collapsed in Ikeja area of Lagos.
The last rescued worker whose identity was given simply as Francis, was rescued from the debris alive, 24 hours after the building located on Adenusi Close, Off Toyin Street caved in.
Eyewitness said the injured workers were on site, Sunday, when a deafening sound which jolted residents was heard, resulting in the building, which was still under construction, caving in.
Three of the workers, said to have escaped unhurt, joined other sympathisers who rushed to the scene to rescue two others.
Excavation work continued all through the night where two others trapped under the debris were rescued. The eighth victim was rescued alive, yesterday, morning while Francis, the last victim was rescued at about 4:00 p.m. He was quickly rushed into an ambulance and driven to an undisclosed hospital.
Speaking with journalists at the scene, General Manager and Chief Executive Officer of the Lagos State Emergency Agency, Dr. Damilola Oke-Osayetola, disclosed that the trapped victims were located under the debris with the aid of an instrument known as DELSA.
His men and other rescue operators, including policemen from area ‘F’ Area Command as well as officials of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority, LASTMA, he said, could not use heavy duty equipment such as caterpillars from both the state government and construction firms. This he said could have killed the trapped victims.
Francis according to him, spent 24 hours under the rubbles until he was rescued alive.
“We were able to communicate with him with DELSA, from where we detected his exact position. Again we had to send oxygen to him so as to keep him alive until we got to where he was,” he added.