2018 Accidents

13 injured in explosions in India (3/9/2018)

A powerful blast followed by a massive fire ripped through a private chemical manufacturing company in the Tarapur MIDC area in Mumbai, India, reports IANS.

According to Palghar Control police official Pramod Pawar, the blast occurred around 11:15pm on Thursday in the chemical company’s plant in Mumbai.

Meanwhile, a report of Times of India said 13 people sustained burn injuries after the series of explosions.

Three of the injured are reported to be in serious condition.

“The blast, cause of which is not yet clear was so deafening that it was heard in a radius of 10 km, and houses and buildings were shaken,” Pawar told IANS.

The blast, prima facie is suspected to have occurred in a boiler room and efforts were on to douse the fire in the factory precincts.

Local eyewitnesses said that the explosion, “sounding like a huge bomb” happened when many were preparing to retire for the night.

However, scared and shaken by the explosion, many feared it was an earthquake and hundreds rushed out on to the streets and sat there.

Three (3) Injured by Boiler Explosion (1/15/2018)

Three workers suffered minor injuries yesterday when a boiler exploded at a metal factory in Phnom Penh’s Meanchey district.  Meanchey district police chief Teng Sino said the explosion occurred at about 1.30pm in Chak Angre Loeu commune. He added that the company was using the boiler for work cutting and welding pieces of metal. “Three people suffered minor injuries, including one woman,” he said. “They are now being treated at the hospital.”  He noted that his police officers were still working to identify all the victims. “The reason for the explosion was because they were careless with their work,” he said.  According to local news, one of the three people injured was a Chinese national named Lay Chong, 70, the owner of the workshop.

In December, Labour Minister Ith Samheng asked officials to pay close attention to boiler safety at garment factories after a string of deadly explosions.

In April, two boiler explosions in Meanchey district killed two and injured four. Six workers were also injured from a boiler explosion that same month in Poipet city.

In March, one garment worker died and seven were injured in a boiler explosion at the Zhen Tai garment factory in Phnom Penh’s Sen Sok district.

NTPC engages DuPont for safe operations at its plants, prevent accidents

(01/10/2018) (Item of Interest)


 New Delhi: State-run power giant NTPC has roped in DuPont to upscale safety standards at its power plants and installations to prevent accidents.

The move comes after the November accident at NTPC’s Unchahar plant that killed 43 people in one of the nation’s worst industrial disasters in recent years.

“The accident prompted us to have a relook at the entire operation – right from design to final supply. We have had robust operations and standard operating procedures (SOPs) in place. But now, we want to see what we can do more to inculcate safety as a culture in the organisation,” a senior company official said.

Earlier, DuPont was working with NTPC at some plants. But after the Unchahar accident, the company decided to increase the scope of DuPont to all its plants.

The company is now also considering asking its units to report even near misses.

The Unchahar explosion in a boiler was the deadliest industrial accident in India since the 2009 collapse of an under construction power plant chimney at Bharat Aluminium Co’s Korba project that killed 45 people.

NTPC Chairman Gurdeep Singh said:

“We spend one full year for training. That is the investment for safety. DuPont is engaged to inculcate the complete culture of safety. We have not gone for the second best in the World.”

Singh was of the view that safety cannot happen unless each and every employee respects safety culture.

He also said the internal enquiry committee set up to look into the reasons for the Unchahar mishap would submit its report this week, which would further guide the company.