2 SGR workers injured in crash on Nairobi-Naivasha rail

Wednesday April 17 2019

Nairobi-Naivasha Standard Gauge Railway (Phase 2A) project

This photo taken on October 19, 2016 shows the Nairobi-Naivasha Standard Gauge Railway (Phase 2A) project Ngong Tunnel at Embulbul in Kajiado County. Two workers on the project have been injured. PHOTO | FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

PAUL WAFULA
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At least two workers at Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) site have been injured after a mishap at a construction site.

Four sources independently confirmed to the Nation the incident that a Chinese contractor wants buried.

The incident happened between Kimuka and Nachu tunnel on the SGR route to Naivasha.

The crash happened on Phase 2A of the project which is nearing completion and will soon be launched by President Uhuru Kenyatta.

During the Tuesday incident, two locomotives separated and crashed into each other due to sharp breaking.

One had a wooden compartment and had construction equipment.

Earlier a source at the firm had said there was a technical issue where the locomotive used to detect the faults on the tracks stopped suddenly on its routine checks.

The source who is not authorised to speak to the media denied a collision of any sought.

China Communications Construction Company (CCCC), the parent company of China Road and Bridge Construction (CRBC), which is doing the second phase of the project, drafted a statement for the media and but changed its mind on releasing it at the last minute. 

Steve Zhao, the spokesperson of the Kenya SGR project said in a statement that there was no collision along the Kimuka-Nachu stretch.

Zhao said two personnel, however, sustained minor injuries during the routine operation of the engineering locomotive and its extension boards used to ferry materials.

“We regret the minor injuries inflicted on the two employees who were later given first aid before work resumed on site and we would wish to assure the public that we have taken the necessary measures to ensure this does not reoccur,” Zhao said.

He added that CCCC treats the health and safety of all personnel on site as a priority, and has the full capacity to handle issues with the promptness that is required.

“Moreover, CCCC is and will always be a transparent organisation that freely gives information about the development of the Kenya SGR Project as we strive to build a safe and quality railway line that stands the test of time.”

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