Workplace Safety Watch| January 2019

Manufacturing

On 25 January, 3 contract workers Gopal Singh (45), Nimai Mandal (36) and Ajit Gorai (24) died and several others were injured while cleaning the Ceilo storage tank at the ACC Cement Factory in Dhanbad, Jharkhand. A large quantity of hot cement raw liquid fell on the workers while they were on duty.

On 15 January, Tanu (22) working in the packaging unit of Khaitan Beverages Private Limited in the Shahjahanpur industrial area, Noida, died after a compressor exploded in the washroom. Police have registered a case against the management under Sections 304 (causing death by negligence) of IPC.

On 13 January, 2 workers Ajit Sonba Nake (24) and Akhil Naik died and 9 others were grievously injured in a boiler blast in Tuem Industrial Estate, Pernem, Goa. The workers were working in the cement brick manufacturing factory when the boiler chamber used for drying the cement bricks exploded. The police arrested owner of the factory Rajendra Joshi, under sections Section 304 (causing death by negligence), 337 (causing hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of others) and 338 (negligently endangering life) of IPC.

On 9 January, 2 workers Afroz (27) and Rani Singh (24) died and 3 others sustained severe injured when a gas cutter used for cutting steel boxes exploded at PL Steel Pvt Ltd in Jashodharpur Industrial Area, Uttarakhand.

3 workers Sanjay Yadav (35), Hemant Kumar (21) and Manish Kumar (21), died and another worker Sonu (22) was injured in a boiler explosion in a textile factory owned by the Nahar Group on 8 January in Mohali, Punjab. The blast occurred while workers were repairing a motor at the co-generation power plant. Police have initiated an investigation under Section 174 (Investigation over unnatural death) of the Criminal Procedure Code.

On 3 January, 6 workers Mange (55), Ramphal (45), Rajesh (40), Ajay Kumar (25), Ajay Kumar (22), Sanjay Prasad (18), died and 8 other workers were grievously injured when a fire broke out in a fan-paint factory in residential area of Sudershan Park, Moti Nagar, New Delhi. The workers were who were working overtime could not escape the factory as the gates were locked from outside.

The factory was running out of a residential building without a no-objection certificate. A case under IPC sections 337, 304(a) and 288 has been lodged by the police against Ankit Gupta, owner of the factory.

Construction

On 24 January, 5 workers Altaf (20), Anand (22), Kuldeep (32), Vishal (17) and Mohit (19) died after an under-construction building collapsed in Gurugram, Haryana. Police have registered an FIR against the owner Daya Ram and contractor under section 304(a) (causing death by negligence) of IPC.

On 22 January, Tohid Pathan (20) died after falling from the 6th floor of an under-construction building in Surat, Gujarat. Tohid was fitting aluminum panels at night without any safety harness or equipment in place. The police have arrested the contractor under section 304 (a) (causing death by negligence) of IPC.

On 21 January 2 workers Jasvir (20) and Karim (25) died while another worker Sonu (21) sustained serious injuries when a 13 feet wall collapsed in Dwarka, New Delhi. The workers were welding grills when a wall in the warehouse fell on them.

Arvind (28) died after falling from the 5th floor of an under-construction building in Dwarka, New Delhi on 21 January.

The police have arrested the builder and the contractor under IPC sections 288 (negligent conduct with respect to pulling down or repairing buildings) and 304 (a) (causing death by negligence).

On 6 January T Babu (35), died after slipping from the first floor of a building in Madurai, Tamil Nadu. The building owner Dr Maheshwaran and contractor P Balakrishnan have been booked by the police under Section 304 (a) (causing death by negligence) of the IPC.

3 construction workers Bhimraj Devraj Rot, Subhash Mansukh Baraiya, and Jashwant Mayur Baraiya died when a wall collapsed in an under-construction site in the Kalp Business Park in Ahmedabad, Gujarat on 2 January.

Police have arrested Piyush Sudhani (supervisor), Prakash Hirani (supervisor) and Tulsi Gajjar (contractor) under sections 299 (culpable homicide not amounting to murder) and 308 (attempt to commit culpable homicide) of IPC.

 Sanitation

On 22 January 2 sanitation workers N Murugan (33) and A Pandi Durai (29) suffocated to death inside a manhole in Thirunagar Colony in Coimbatore, Tamil while unclogging an underground drainage system in a housing colony.

The police have registered a case under section 304(a) of the IPC and sections 7 and 9 of the Prohibition of Employment as Manual Scavengers and their Rehabilitation Act, 2013.

Krishan (37) died after being trapped inside a drain which he was cleaning in Wazirabad, New Delhi on 20 January. The police have registered a case against the contractor Anil under sections 7 and 9 of the Prohibition of Employment as Manual Scavengers and their Rehabilitation Act, 2013 and section 304(a) (causing death by negligence) of IPC.

On 16 January, 3 workers Mafizzul (19), Muzaffar Mohlik (24) and Rafiq Mandal (50) choked to death and another worker Aftar Mulla (49) was grievously injured while cleaning a clogged valve in a chamber of a sewage treatment plant in Thane, Maharashtra. The Mira Bhayander Municipal Corporation had outsourced operational maintenance of the plant to a private firm Subhash Projects And Marketing Infra Limited (SPML). SPML had sub-contracted the task to another firm Tandon and Associates. The police have arrested the supervisor Prince Santosh Singh and the plant in-charge Narendra Antadr under section 304a (causing death by negligence) of IPC.

On 9 January 2 sanitation workers Santosh Waghmare (40) and Praful Sabal (25) asphyxiated to death after inhaling poisonous gases inside a Panvel sewage line in Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra. Both the workers had entered the 20-feet-deep manhole to clean the underground line. The workers were hired by a private contractor Vilas Mhaskar (55) who was appointed by City and Industrial Development Corporation (CIDCO) to do routine cleaning work in the sewer line. Police have registered a case against the contractor and officials at CIDCO under 304 (a) of the IPC.

Others

On 13 January, 3 workers Ashok Bari (30), Nimsingh Gulkar (40) and Ajay Dandodiya (18) died when they were run over by the Mumbai-bound Tejas Express in Raigad, Maharashtra. They were working on railway tracks at night near the Jite railway station, Raigad, Maharashtra.

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