Workplace Safety Watch – September 2019

Sanitation

On 27 Sept., 3 workers Happy, Dhoni and Badrinath died of asphyxiation when they entered to clean an oil tanker in a private oil refinery in Abohar. A case under sections 304 (culpable homicide) and 34 (common intent) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) has been filed against the 3 owners Sher Singh, Gursevak Singh and Lalit Bansal.

On 25 Sept., 3 workers Asuruddin (24), Akmot Ali (20) and Rofiqul Islam (34) died of asphyxiation when they entered a 13 feet underground septic tank for cleaning in an under construction building in Barpeta, Assam.

On 24 Sept., Afroz and Imran died of asphyxiation when they entered a sump of an under-construction site in the Raidurgam area of Hyderabad. Shiva Kumar, owner of the under-construction building has been booked under Section 174 of Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) for suspicious death.

On 5 Sept., Vijayendra Bagdi (36) and Jagdish Parmar (54) drowned while trying to drain out rainwater in Goregaon, Mumbai.

Manufacturing

On 26 Sept., Raja Shaikh (18) died after his leg was entangled in a service lift’s cable that was accidentally started by another worker. Raja was working on the 16th floor of the under-construction building in Mulund, Mumbai without any safety equipment. Also, no safety measure mandated for construction and repair of elevators was followed by the employer.

On 16 Sept., Jogi Ram Manjhi (22), Sujit Kumar Dhurve (28) and Raja Ratre (27) died of electrocution while they were fitting LED lights on top of a long iron pipe which accidently touched the 11KV high power transmission line at the Aarav Fly Ash Brick Factory in Bhalunara village, Raigarh.

On 4 Sept., 23 workers were killed and 27 injured in a blaze in a firecracker factory at Batala town in Gurdaspur district of Punjab. The factory was running out of a three storey building in a residential area without any license.

On 3 Sept., 3 CISF fire personnel Eranna Nayakka, Satish Prasad Kushwaha, and M K Paswan and resident production superintendent C N Rao of the Oil and Natural Gas Corporation died while they were trying to douse a fire that broke out in the storm water drainage at ONGC’s Uran Plant.

Construction

On 18 Sept., Ramkanya (25) and Ganga (28) died of electrocution after coming in contact with 11KV high transmission wire while working on a terrace of an under construction building in the Housing Board Colony, Pratapgarh, Udaipur. Police have registered a case of negligence against the contractor at the behest of the electricity department.

On 16 Sept., Nizam and Tahir died while Pappu, Ikram, Gita and Ameer got injured as the wall of an under construction cold storage building collapsed on them in Kannauj, Uttar Pradesh.

On 15 Sept., Harish Chand (39) was killed while Sunil Ram (37) sustained injuries when a rock fell on them while they were working at the Mumbai Metro’s phase 3 tunnel site between Powai and SEEPZ. This is the second death of a worker during construction of Metro in Mumbai.

On 6 Sept., Sanjay Singh (21) was killed and 13 others were injured after a lift fell from the 10th to the 7th floor. All workers were employed at a Delhi Development Authority (DDA) construction site in Narela, Outer North Delhi and were working on DDA’s category II houses in Sectors A1 to A4. The DDA outsources building these 25-storey buildings to a private company called Ahluwalia Contracts Private Limited.

On 6 Sept., Somnath Mahantu (20) died after hit by debris of a breaking slab of concrete at a construction site in Mahadevnagar area, Pune. Police have registered a case of culpable homicide against the site engineer and the supervisor of the project.

Other

On 24 Sept., Rattan Lal (65) and Rajinder Kumar (40) were killed and 4 others, Gurnam Singh, Manjit Singh, Tarsem Lal, Vijay Gurlal were grievously injured due an explosion emerged from a heap of scrap they were sorting. Gurnam Singh had bought the scrap from the Cantonment Police Station, Amritsar Punjab which contained crackers that police had seized a few days earlier.

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