Worker killed in collapsed factory trying to save pots

Worker killed in collapsed factory trying to save pots
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One worker was killed and four others were injured when the factory building collapsed on them after the owner sent them in to bring out some pots and pans

At least one worker was killed and four others injured when a factory building collapsed in the Dulkadiroglu district of Maras while workers were searching for valuables in the building. The building was badly damaged after the massive earthquake that struck Turkey Feb. 6, killing more than 45,000 people, Turkey's Demiroren news agency (DHA) reported.

The building collapsed when workers went into the damaged metal factory in the Karaziyaret district to rescue some packaged products such as pots and pans after the owner of the factory told them to do so, DHA said.

When the ceiling and columns collapsed, workers were trapped under the rubble. Firefighters who came to the area rescued four workers, but one worker named İsmail Alakiz, who was hit by the column, died.

The injured workers were taken to a hospital by ambulances.

The families of the workers who came to the factory reacted violently to the factory boss who sent the workers inside just to save his money, although it was forbidden to enter the building because of the damage.

Work safety warnings were noticeable on the walls of the damaged factory and on the door of the information office at the entrance.

It was noted that the words "Work safety begins at this point" were posted on the wall of the office and "Work safety first' on the walls of the factory.

Investigation of the incident continues