Bhushan Steel Blast Furnace caught fire on 13 Nov, 2013, as a result the CEO Atulya Kumar Verma arrested on grounds of negligence.
Bhushan Steel Plant, located in Meramandali Dhenkanal District, Odisha, one of the largest manufacturers auto-grade steel in India has witnessed a tragic accident on 13 Nov, 2013. The the blast furnace 2 of Bhushan Steel Plant caught fire killing 1 and left 19 seriously injured. The state Directorate of Factories and Broilers, Malay Kumar Pradhan, sealed the furnace soon after the incident to avoid further mishaps. According to the company, about 120 workers and technical staff were present in the area where the incident occurred. The furnace was still under commissioning process during the accident.
The blast furnace caught fire owing to the presence of water in slag pipe while the company staff were commissioning the furnace with the help of foreign professionals. The accident reportedly damaged a truck and a JCB machine near the site. A plant wall was collapsed owing to the same reason. Injured workers were soon shifted to the SCB Medical in Cuttack.
The company had not taken permission for commissioning the blast furnace. This resulted in the arrest of three major officials of the company. The CEO of Bhushan Steel along with blast furnace in-charge Naveen Tyagi and operating head Meghpal Singh were arrested. They were arrested under the following sections of the IPC:
- Section 287: Negligent conduct with respect to machinery
- Section 337: Causing hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of others
- Section 338: Causing grievous hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of others
- Section 304: Punishment for culpable homicide not amounting to murder
- Section 34: Acts done by several persons in the commission of offenses
They were also charged under section 92 of the Factory Act besides the IPC.