Conservation staff prohibit wearing headphones


After a conservation worker died after being hit by a bulldozer at the Perungudi landfill on Sunday, the Greater Chennai Corporation has planned to regulate traffic in the landfills and increase manpower for supervision to prevent accidents during solid waste management operations in the city.

The civic body ordered staff members not to wear headphones during conservation operations.

Yuvaraj, 25, who was a conservation assistant at private conservation operator Urbaser, died at Royapettah Government Hospital after sustaining a stomach injury. “The driver of the vehicle was wearing headphones, talking to someone on the phone or listening to music,” an Urbaser official said.

SoP to be revised

The civic body plans to make appropriate modifications to the standard operating procedure to prevent accidents during the collection, separation, transport and disposal of garbage. The alley inside the Perungudi landfill was reportedly used by rag pickers to store collected material.

Since space in the driveway has been reduced, city officials plan to regulate rag pickers entering the landfill. Prior to the accident, the worker allegedly got off the garbage truck to meet the bulldozer driver.

However, there were no supervisors to regulate the activity as the bulldozer was in close proximity to the garbage truck, sources said. The Company will regulate traffic in the dumps, educate scavengers, improve infrastructure and train the workforce to prevent accidents during conservation operations.


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