Workplace Safety Watch – August 2020

Construction

On 15 Aug., 2 workers Karn Sahoo and Saddam Khan were killed while another worker Vinod Kuma survived grave injuries after wall of an under construction building collapsed on them. Police have registered a FIR under IPC 304A. 

Suraiya Begam (45) and Giano Devi (55) were killed on 3 Aug., as a mound they were digging caved in on them in Karnal, Haryana. The mound was being dug for the construction of a wedding hall under MGNREGA, 2 other workers got severely injured. Police have registered an FIR under sections 304 A, 336 and 337 of the Indian Penal Code against Sonia Rani and Sethpal the MGNREGA mitra responsible for the project for not following safety measures.

On 1 Aug., Rajesh Gautam (19) was killed after iron rings, weighing 400kg, fell on him from a crane at a metal fabricating company as they were not fastened properly with a belt in Rabale MIDC, Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra. The Police have arrested Preetpal Singh Saini (25) manager of the company for negligence and not providing workers with safety equipment.

Manufacturing

On 21 Aug., a fire broke out at the underground hydel power plant at Srisailam Hydel power project killing 9 workers – Deputy Engineer Srinivas Goud, Assistant Engineers Sundar Naik, Venkatrao, Mohan Kumar, Uzma Fatima, Plant Attendant Rambabu, Junior Plant Attendant Kiran, Palwancha, Amaron Battery Company staff Vinesh Kumar and Mahesh Kumar. 17 workers were on the night shift when the accident happened. Chief Minister has announced an ex-gratia of Rs. 50 lakh each to the family of the deceased and employment to one person in the family on compassionate grounds.

On 18 Aug., Sandeep Kushwaha (28) and Brijesh Maurya (25) were killed while Pramod Mishra (35), Dilip Gupta (28), Umesh Kushwaha (21), Mohammed Mohsin Altaf Ansari (31) got grievously injured after the reactor at Nandolia Organic Chemicals plant, located in the Plot 141 of Tarapur Chemical Zone, Maharashtra explored late evening. Police have registered a case of accidental death.

On 14 Aug., Laxman Ratede (25) was found dead in the unit owned by Seetaben Patel on Plot 86 of Sonal Industries in Pandesara, Maharashtra. Post-mortem has revealed that Laxman was killed of electrocution. The police have not registered any case in the matter.

On 10 Aug., Sandeep Kumar (27) was killed in the fire that gutted the pen factory in NOIDA sector 63 where he was employed as a security guard.

Lakshmana Murthy (62) was killed of burn injuries on 6 Aug., while two other were grievously injured due to an explosion in the boiler unit of SPY Agro Industries in Nadyal, Andhra Pradesh. This was the second explosion in the factory. On 27 June an explosion in the factory had resulted in the death of 3 worker including a manager.

On 2 Aug., 5 workers Mangesh Prabhakar Naukarkar (21), Liladhar Wamanrao Shende (42), Vasudeo Ladi (30), Sachin Prakash Waghmare (24) and Prafull Pandurang Moon (25) were killed and several others were injured after the bio-digester exploded at the Manas Agro Industries and Infrastructure Ltd at Bela, Maharasthra. The police have not filed any complaint so far and the management has claimed that the workers were employed through a contractor to perform ‘outsourced work’.

On 1 Aug., a 70 tonne crane collapsed during trail run crushing 10 workers – R.Venkat Rao, Chaitanya, Ramu, PV Ratnam, P Naga Demudu, Sathyaraj, Shivakumar, Bhaskar, Prasad and Jagan to death at Hindustan Shipyard Limited (HSL) while 4 were permanent workers of HSL 6 other workers were contract workers employed by Greenfields Corporation, Lead Engineers and Squad 7. Taking cognizance of the matter Defence Minister has ordered a Departmental Enquiry in the matter to establish the reasons for the mishap.

Sanitation

On 18 Aug., Des Raj (48) and Gurbachan (30) were killed of asphyxiation when they went to clean a septic tank in Pandher village, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh.

On 9 Aug., 4 sanitation workers were killed of asphyxiation in Deoghar district of Jharkhand while they were cleaning the septic tank of a private house. Govind Manjhi (53) and Tilu Murmu (24) — got into the tank in the morning when they failed to respond to several calls Brajesh Barnwal (54) and Mithilesh Barnwal (43) brothers of the house owner entered the septic tank and fell unconscious. Thereafter, 2 sons of Govind Manjhi both in their early 20s entered the tank and they too suffocated because of the toxic gases. All 6 people entered the tank without any safety equipment.

Others

On 7 Aug., Line helper Pundalik Jalmi (45), assistant linesman wireman Sameer Parab(42) and line helper Sagun Gawas (28), employees of Goa Electricity department were killed after being crushed by power poles after the truck carrying them and the power poles lost balance. Driver of the truck and 2 other workers accompanying him in the driver’s cabin survived grave injuries.

On 2 Aug., 2 farm workers B. Mallika (30) and T. Rama (38) transplanting paddy in field in Konijerla, Hyderabad drowned after they fell in a 25 feet deep well while they had gone to fetch water to wash their tiffin box after lunch. The well had makeshift steps which collapsed under the weight of the women. 3 other workers were rescued by a local who heard their screams and used her saree as a rope to rescue them.

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