Kuppuswamy was killed instantly this morning while installing flag posts for M.K. Stalin's public meeting at GST Road in Tambaram

A 30-year-old daily-wage worker was electrocuted while erecting flag posts on the median along GST Road in Tambaram on Friday.

R. Kuppuswamy of Ginjee, Villupuram district, was among a group of workers hired by a contractor to install poles sporting DMK flags in preparation of a public meeting addressed by former deputy chief minister M.K. Stalin on Shanmugham Road in West Tambaram on Friday evening.

According to the police, Kuppuswamy dug a foot-deep hole in the raised median and placed a flag post in it but it came in contact with an overhead high-tension power cable. In the impact, he was thrown on the road and died instantly.

Kuppuswamy is survived by his wife, a son and two daughters.

Daily-wage earners are often hired by contractors to put up banners, hoardings and festoons of political parties along roads, medians and national highways. The State highways department prohibits such work on the roads as it puts the workers at risk of being hit by vehicles.

In 2008, a 19-year-old man was killed and another worker injured, when they were hit by a speeding car while erecting flag posts in Perungalathur.

The workers are paid Rs. 10 per flag post or a lump sum for the total number of hours put in, a stage decorator said.

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