Four other workers, namely Jamil Ahmed, Khalid, Iqbal and Munir, went to help their colleague but they also fell into the drum. Other workers smashed the drum with hammers to get their colleagues out.

Saleem was recovered dead while Jamil, Khalid, Iqbal and Munir fainted.

Munir and Khalid were given first aid on the spot while Jamil and Iqbal were rushed to DHQ Hospital. Later, they were referred to Lahore General Hospital in a critical condition where Jamil also died.

Local media say that despite repeated incidents in the leather manufacturing sector in Kasur, there is no safety equipment available for workers and they are seldom provided with gloves and masks.

Source: Daily Dawn