2018 Accidents

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)

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.

 

 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.