Company director detained for violation of safety rules, claiming lives of 2 workers

Police say that they have evidence proving the fault of the detainee.Photo: IPN., 19 Apr 2019 - 17:26, Tbilisi,Georgia

The director of the Khimini Service 2 construction company has been detained earlier today for the violation of safety rules, which claimed the lives of two workers on Chavchavadze Avenue in Central Tbilisi on March 31, 2019.

The Ministry of Internal Affairs says that vertical digging at the scene went against safety rules, leading to the fatalities.

The workers died after a sinkhole opened up during renovation works on the basement of a hospital.

The body of the first worker, 26-year-old David Abesadze, was found shortly after the incident on the same day.

The body of the other missing worker, 40-year-old Edvard Varishiv, was sought for more than eight hours by rescue workers.

The Human Rights Monitoring and Education Centre of Georgia says that between 2011 and 2018, 376 workers died and 1,081 received injuries at their workplace.

Last year alone 199 individuals received injuries and 59 died at their workplaces.