Workplace Safety Watch – June 2019

Construction

On 9 June 2019, 4 workers; Ezhumalai (40), Anthony Samy, (41), Kathirvelu (60) and Amsavalli were injured will undertaking repairs of a house in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. Police intend to question the house owner.

On 9 June 2019, 1 worker; Arasiah (46) was killed when a live wire snapped and fell on him. The worker was engaged in constructing a roof when the incident happened. He was provided no safety equipment. An FIR has been lodged against the building owner and two contractors.

On 10 June 2019, 2 workers; Neeraj (24) and Pyar Singh (34) died when a compressor exploded at a road widening site in Bharmour, Chamba district in Himachal Pradesh.

On 16 June 2019, 3 workers; Prabhu Rao (29), Krishna Yadav (26) and Sumanthkumar (22) died and 20 were injured as a water tank being constructed by the Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board (BWSSB) collapsed. Police have registered a case of a criminal negligence against six persons — two from SMC Infrastructures; two from Enviro Control Associates; a BWSSB assistant executive engineer and an assistant engineer and also arrested them. The BWSSB has suspended three officials in connection with the tragedy.

On 18 June 2019, 2 workers; Ranjit Kaur and Karnail Singh died and 1 worker was injured when the wall of an under construction rice sheller collapsed in Ludhiana. Police have initiated proceedings under Section 174 of the Code of Criminal Procedure.

On 23 June 2019, 2 workers; Govind and Asarana died in an explosion while laying water and sewage pipelines for a commercial establishment in Ahmedabad, Gujarat. Police have booked the house owner for causing death by negligence.

On 24 June 2019, 2 workers; Sahu and Chandan Leka died and 1 worker; Panchu Nath was injured when wall of under-contruction house collapsed on them in Jajpur, Odisha.

Manufacturing

On 4 June 2019, 1 worker; Golu Kashyap (21) died in an explosion at the storage unit of Regenesis Industries Pvt Ltd., located in Bommalaramaram, Hyderbad, Telangana. Police have registered a case under IPC section 304-A (causing death due to rash or negligent act).

On 11 June 2019, 1 worker; Vicky Rajput (27) and 2 engineers Ji Jian (34) and Zhang Yang (37) died when the boiler exploded at Pusilin Biotechnology Private Limited. FIRs have been registered against the director, general manager and manager under IPC sections 304 (culpable homicide) and 34 (common intention).

On 15 June 2019, 3 workers; Jagadiswara Rao (30), K Suresh (32) and Gopal Naidu (35) were killed and as many critically injured after a boiler exploded at Balaji Chemicals Factory in the Bobbili Industrial Centre located 60 km from Vizianagaram, Andhra Pradesh. District collector has ordered enquiry into Balaji Chemicals and other factories located in the industrial centre.

On 21 June 2019, a contract worker, Brajesh Kumar (23) died due to severe burns and another worker was injured when the under-construction warship ”Visakhapatnam” caught fire at the Mazagaon Docks in Mumbai Maharashtra. An enquiry has been initiated into the cause of the fire.

Sanitation

On 15 June 2019, 4 sanitation workers; Mahesh Patanwadiya, Ashok Harijan, Brijesh Harijan, Mahesh Harijan and 3 hotel workers; Ajay Vasava (24), Vijay Chauhan (22) and Sahdev Vasava (22) died from suffocation while cleaning a septic tank of the Darshan Hotel in  Vadodara, Gujarat. Police have lodged a case under section 299 (culpable homicide not amounting to murder) and section 304-A (causing death due to negligence) of IPC.

On 16 June 2019, 2 sanitation workers; Shahbuddin (23) and Raidul (18) died of suffocation while cleaning a sewer in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh. Another sanitation worker; Maidul called for help but it took 2 hours for police and fire department to arrive on the spot.

Others

On 9 June 2019, a landslide in a murram quarry in Keonijhar district of Odisha resulted in 3 workers dead and 1 injured.

On 19 June 2019, 2 workers; Raju Sharma (22) and Ashtiyak Khan (23), fell to their deaths after crane supporting snaped under pressure. The workers were cleaning windows of the 10 storey Videocon Tower in the Jhandelwalan Area, New Delhi. The workers had neither helmets or belts nor was there any safety equipment on site. A case under IPC sections 304A (causing death by negligence) and 287 (negligent conduct with respect to machinery) has been registered against MS Enterprise, the company that was handling the Videocon Tower’s cleaning work.

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