11 injured in hasty gas chamber explosion at Tata’s Jamshedpur based steel plant.
11 workers at Tata Steel plant, Jameshdpur, West Singhbhum, were injured when a gas chamber exploded on 14 Nov, 2013. District officials reasoned that the particles of metallic roof of chamber have caused the injuries. The chamber had a mix of toxic gases such as Carbon monoxide, Carbon dioxide & Nitrogen. Its loud explosion caused panic amongst the workers at the site. Some workers said that the gas was toxic but the claim could not be supported from company officials, who considered the incident as “minor”.
Out of 11, 10 have injuries and one worker said to have inhaled the toxic gas mix and he is critical”, said West Singhbhum District Collector Amitabh Kaushal, who visited the victims at Tata Memorial Hospital. The District Deputy Labour Commissioner and Deputy Chief Inspector of Factories visited the site of incidence. “The explosion may have been caused by a short circuit. We are still inquiring into the causes. There were no workers in the same area as the chamber but, there were several working nearby,” said A.K. Mishra, Deputy Chief Inspector of Factories. Tata Steel plant at Jamshedpur is one of the largest steel producers in the country. The steel major – from which Jamshedpur got its name Tatanagar, produces 6.8 MnT of Steel annually from the city plant. Tata Steel has a better record at maintaining its equipment and factories than most companies in the country. The company conducts regular training sessions for its labors. Essentially, the vessel caught fire and exploded. If this had been an instance of gas leak, this could have become a second gas tragedy like Bhopal. It needs to be looked into whether maintenance was as per requirements or not,” said Samit Carr, an activist of Occupational Safety and Health Association of Jharkhand.