2016 Accidents


Two die in boiler blast (November 13, 2016)

 Two die in boiler blast

LAHORE – Two workers died and another wounded critically when a boiler exploded in a factory in the Raiwind area yesterday morning, rescue workers said.

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Police identified the victims as Abdul Rasheed and Naveed Ahmed. The injured worker was shifted to a hospital in critical condition.

The factory building caught fire soon after the blast. The blaze spread to the entire structure within minutes. Initial investigations suggested the cause of the explosion was gas leakage.  Police later reached the spot and handed over the bodies to the families.

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Only a few men were at work in the factory when its boiler exploded. Authorities yesterday ordered an inquiry to probe into the incident. Some officials of the city district government also inspected the site. Some five firefighting units took part in the operation which last for two hours. The factory owner fled the scene as the police reached there. Further investigation was underway.

Boiler explosion kills 4, injures 11 in Vietnam (October 30, 2016)

 A gas cylinder and boiler explosion occurred at a shell-fish processing facility in Vietnam’s northern Thai Binh province on Sunday, killing four workers and injuring 11 others. 

The accident in Thuy Hai Commune, Thai Thuy District when 19 workers were using the boiler to boil shell-fish to produce fish paste, the provincial police said, noting that four people managed to escape the explosion. 

The four victims were women aged over 50 from Thai Thuy. The explosion collapsed the facility with an area of 100 square meters, and damaged some nearby residential houses. 

A total of 2,460 fires and explosions broke out across Vietnam in the first nine months of this year, killing 90 people and injuring 216 others, while leaving losses of some 1,058 billion Vietnamese dong (47.4 million US dollars), said the country’s Fire Prevention and Fight Department.

Boiler Explodes at Sawmill (October 27, 2016)

A man has been seriously injured in a boiler explosion at a sawmill in Waikato.

Emergency services were called to the Max Birt Sawmill in Mangatawhiri, off State Highway 2, just after 6.30am today.

The man has been taken to Middlemore Hospital in Auckland.

The owner of the sawmill, Max Birt, said he believed a kiln operator had been injured.

Boiler explosion at Westervelt Pellet Plant in Aliceville, 1 minor injury        (October 22, 2016)

Pickens County EMA Ken Gibson confirms fire crews responded to a boiler explosion at the Westervelt Pellet Plant in Aliceville.

1 person sustained a minor injury as a result of the explosion.

Crews are working to find out the cause of the boiler explosion.

The Westervelt Company released says the explosion presents “no threat to public safety.”

2 labourers die in boiler explosion (October 22, 2016)

KARACHI –  Two workers died while two sustained injuries as a boiler exploded in an engineering company in New Karachi industrial zone on Thursday night.

 According to Police, two men namely Rafiq and Salman died as a boiler exploded Ciaton Engerneering Company while Rasheed and Mansoor were injured in the incident.
Police said that Rafiq and Salman died on the spot due to the intensity of the blast while the two were rushed to a hospital immediately and their condition is out of danger.

Police has to register a case of the incident and are waiting for the injured to recover to submit their statement.

It is pertinent to mention here this is the second reported industrial accident this month.
On October 3, three workers lost their lives while two suffered wounds in a chemical tank accident at Indigo Textile Mills in Bin Qasim Town.

Two dead as boiler explodes in Shafiq Colony factory (October 22, 2016)

Owing to a complete absence of safety measures in factories, two more labourers lost their lives after a factory caught fire following a powerful boiler explosion, on Friday.

Employed at a factory located in Shafiq Colony, the labourers who had sustained severe injuries died before they could be taken to a hospital.

According to rescue sources three fire brigade vehicles were summoned to the site and were able to put the fire out.

Accidents such as these were a common occurrence in factories in Pakistan where occupational safety measures mostly existed on paper.

Earlier this month three labourers died after they fell into a tank in a chemical factory in Port Qasim.

The victims’ families had claimed that there were no safety arrangements for the workers in the factory.

Raheel, 22, Amir, 24, Aijaz, 30 Muhammad Hassan and Saifur-Rehman had been working atop the tank when one portion of the structure fell.

Rescue teams managed to pull out Muhammad Hassan and Saifur-Rehman in an unconscious condition, however, bodies of the other three labourers could only be recovered the next day.

A medico-legal officer of the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre confirmed that the three died of suffocation.

On July 5, six labourers died after a boiler blast caused for the roof and walls of an ice factory in New Karachi to cave in.

Identified as 35-year-old Rafiq, 30-year-old Meraj, 40-year-old Muhammad Shairf, Irfan, 38, Salahuddin, 45, and Arshad, 35, four of the men had died before being rescued from under the rubble, while two injured passed away at the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital.

Two staffers killed in boiler explosion at chemical unit (October 14, 2016)

CHENNAI: In a tragic incident, two employees who suffered burns in a boiler blast in a private chemical manufacturing plant in Ambattur succumbed to injures on Thursday, while another victim, who is critical, is undergoing treatment at the Kilpauk Medical College.

Meanwhile, the owner and the manager of the manufacturing unit have been arrested.Ranjan Kumar (24), a migrant labourer from Odisha, sustained 80 per cent burns and succumbed at around 10.30 am and Murugavelu (35), of Manavur, sustained  95 per cent burns and succumbed at around 9.30 am. The injured Vedamoorthy (45) suffered 45 per cent burns.


Police said that on Wednesday at around 11.30 pm, six employees were on duty at Suraa Sulphates functioning on Fifth Street, Ambattur Industrial Estate.“One of the employees allegedly operated the valve of a boiler and the pressure built up, which could have caused the incident,” said an investigation officer.

The trio were close to the boiler and hence sustained grievous injures. Hearing the blast, the other staff immediately alerted the ambulance which rushed to the spot and took the trio to the Kilpauk Medical College.

Meanwhile, relatives of Vedamoorthy said that the trio were forced to work on Wednesday despite it being a holiday on account of Moharram.

“The boiler was several years old and was not replaced. This could have caused the incident because we are not aware of safety measures in the place,” said Vigneshwaran, brother of Vedamoorthy.
The company has been manufacturing potassium silicate meant for use as raw material in soap manufacturing sector.

Murugavelu is the breadwinner for the family and is survived by his wife and two children. The arrested were identified as Lakshman Rao (66), owner of the unit, and Ramesh (45), manager of the unit.
A case has been registered under section 304A IPC (causing death by negligence).


 25 die, 70 hurt as boiler blast sets Bangladesh factory ablaze

DHAKA – At least 25 people have been killed and 70 injured, many critically, in a huge fire triggered by a boiler explosion at a Bangladeshi packaging factory, officials said yesterday as firefighters struggled to contain the blaze.

Around 100 people were working when flames tore through the four-storey building in the industrial town of Tongi, just north of the capital Dhaka.

Dr Parvez Mia, who works at the Tongi government hospital, said the death toll was now 25, up from 22 which was previously reported. At least 70 people were injured.

The fire started in the boiler room at the Tampaco Foils factory, which supplies foreign and domestic brands.


Boiler explosion in Malerkotla paper mill kills 3 workers (August 23, 2016)

An explosion inside Vishal Paper Mill here at about 11am on Monday killed three workers and injured 19.

As sudden rise in steam pressure burst a raw-paper-drying cylinder installed only last month, a big fire started. The blast that ripped apart all machinery and the roof was heard for 2 kilometres. Two workers — Mannu Kumar and Narinder Kumar — were killed on the spot, while another — Prem Kumar — died on way to a Ludhiana hospital. A couple of the seven referred to Ludhiana and Patiala remain critical.

Five ambulance teams reacted fast to save many lives. Factory workers and truck operators joined the rescue. The new dryer was not inspected for compatibility with the existing machines. “It was linked to an old boiler,” mill manager Bikar Singh said. “Suddenly, it malfunctioned and too much steam built up inside.”
Factory worker Khela Ram said he couldn’t see or hear after the blast. “When I regained consciousness, my legs and arms were burning and some men were trying to pull me out of fire.” Rescuer Gurjant Singh, who was among the first to rush in from another unit, “found injured people all over the floor”.

Malerkotla subdivisional magistrate (SDM) and police inspected the scene of the accident and talked to the injured. The labour welfare department has ordered an inquiry. The report will go to the state labour commissioner and Punjab Industry Safety Council. “If the management neglected safety,” said labour department additional director Sodhi Mal, “we will take it to court.”.

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5 dead in boiler explosion at nickel mine in Guatemala (August 15, 2016)


GUATEMALA CITY (AP) ” At least five people were killed and several more injured by a boiler explosion at a nickel mine processing plant in Guatemala.

The accident occurred in the northern province of Izabal at the ProNiCo plant, a subsidiary of the Switzerland-based Solway Investment Group.

National disaster office spokesman David de Leon said Sunday that the injured were being treated at local hospitals. There was no immediate information on their condition.

The company’s website describes the facility as “a large, world-class nickel mine and newly built power plant and metal processing facility.”

Explosion of steam pipe at Chinese power station kills 21(August 11, 2016)

An official report says a high-pressure steam pipe has exploded at a power station in central China, killing 21 people and injuring five others.

The official newspaper of Hubei province said the blast occurred Thursday at the power plant in the city of Danyang. It said officials rushed to the site to oversee rescue efforts and the cause of the explosion was being investigated.

China continues to suffer from frequent industrial accidents despite a central government-ordered drive to upgrade safety.

Those efforts were redoubled after a massive series of explosions at a chemical warehouse in the eastern port city of Tianjin a year ago killed 173 people — mostly firefighters and police — in one of China’s worst-ever workplace accidents.

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Boiler explosion in Howrah factory kills 5  (July 5, 2016)

Kolkata, Jul 5 : At least five workers were killed and four others were seriously injured on Tuesday due to a boiler explosion in an aluminium channel factory beside NH-6 (Mumbai Road) at Dhulagarh area in West Bengal’s Howrah district, reports said.

  According to reports, a boiler of aluminium factory- Krishna Alex Pvt. Ltd.- suddenly exploded in the afternoon while as many as 20 labours were working there.

Five of them, Alokesh Dhali, Sandip Raut, Ganesh Yadav, Bishal Kumar Patel and Bilas Das, were killed in the accident. Four others, Somnath Halder, Lokesh Jana, Supriyo Naskar and Alok Gupta, were seriously injured and rushed to a nearby hospital.

Due to the heavy explosion, a massive fire broke out in the factory.

As many as 3 fire tender engines rushed to the spot and doused the blaze.

According to reports, a boiler of aluminum factory- Krishna Alex Pvt. Ltd.- suddenly exploded in the afternoon while as many as 20 employees were working there. Five of them, Alokesh Dhali, Sandip Raut, Ganesh Yadav, Bishal Kumar Patel and Bilas Das, were killed in the accident. Four others, Somnath Halder, Lokesh Jana, Supriyo Naskar and Alok Gupta, were seriously injured and rushed to a nearby hospital. Due to the heavy explosion, a massive fire broke out in the factory.

As many as 3 fire tender engines rushed to the spot and doused the blaze.

5 killed in Pakistan’s Karachi boiler explosion (July 4, 2016)

ISLAMABAD, July 4 (Xinhua) — At least five laborers were killed and four others injured when boiler of an ice factory collapsed in Pakistan’s southern port city of Karachi on Monday morning, officials said.

Laeeq Ahmad, the administrator of Karachi, said that the factory’s roof caved in following the explosion of the boiler in New Karachi area of the metropolis, the provincial capital of the country’s south Sindh province.

Rescue teams have retrieved five bodies and four injured people from the debris and several people are still believed to be trapped under the rubbles.

Police and district administration had reached at the site and started investigations to determine the cause of the explosion of the boiler.


Deceased were daily-wage workers: Boiler explosion at RCF plant kills 3, injures 5  (July 2, 2016)

Three persons died and five others were injured on Saturday evening after a boiler blast at the Rashtriya Chemicals & Fertilisers (RCF) plant in Chembur.

According to police, boiler no 2 in the steam generation unit of the plant exploded around 5.55 pm. Police have identified the deceased as Dilip Pawar, Govind kumar and Mehmood Alam Noormohmad.

All three were exposed to the blast and are believed to have been less than 50 metres away from the boiler. Preliminary probe revealed that all the deceased were daily wage and not contract workers with RCF.


 Emergency scene at Veolia steam facility under control following explosion  (June 15, 2016)

A loud explosion rocked South Philadelphia about 3:20 p.m. Wednesday.

Emergency crews are responding to a boiler explosion at the Veolia Energy Plant, located near 26th and Christian Streets, according to the city’s Office of Emergency Management. All employees were evacuated from the facility.

The incident was placed under control by the Philadelphia Fire Department shortly after 5 p.m.

One Veolia employee suffered minor injuries, but refused treatment at the scene, according to OEM. A civilian was treated for injuries sustained by broken glass.

All gas readings were negative and there was no need to evacuate the surrounding area, OEM tweeted. The public was urged to stay clear of the area so police and fire personnel could respond.

Veolia North America released a statement confirming an eruption at its Schuylkill Station steam facility.

“The incident was contained to the inside of the facility and there was no fire,” the statement said. “There was one minor injury treated at the scene and all employees have been accounted for and are OK. Thermal energy services are uninterrupted at this time and we are shifting the steam load to our satellite facility as a backup.

“This plant provides thermal energy to approximately 300 clients in Philadelphia. The company will conduct a full investigation to determine what happened.”

Office of Emergency Management Director Samantha Phillips said her office is working with Veolia to assess the potential impact.

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 Crush delayed as mill still in lockdown after explosion (May 27, 2016)

CRUSHING at Marian Mill will be delayed until at least Wednesday, as parts of the mill remain in lockdown following a boiler explosion.

Mackay Sugar chief executive officer Jason Lowry said Workplace Health and Safety were still assessing the boiler area following the explosion early Tuesday morning, and said his company had been unable to begin their own investigation.

While Mackay Sugar’s other two mills, Farleigh and Racecourse, would begin crushing at 10am Monday Marian would begin on Wednesday at the earliest, or Friday at the latest, depending on the extent on the damage.

The mill would also be crushing a reduced allocation, about 350-400 tonnes of cane an hour down from its average of 680-750 tonnes of cane an hour, until at least June 12.

Mr Lowry explained the mill had always been scheduled to operate with one boiler and one train line initially, although it was boiler number three that had originally been expected to be offline.

But following the problem with boiler number one, which had taken the “lions share” of a $10-11 million investment in the past six months, upgrades had been sped up on boiler number three and were expected to be finished on Sunday.

They would then need to do steam trials on Monday and Tuesday.

Despite not being able to begin investigations yet, Mr Lowry said he had seen the boiler since the blow-out.

“The exit ducting of the boiler has opened up and the front and rear wall of the boiler at the bottom have moved so there’s clearly been a pressure increase in the boiler due to the change of the fuel from solid to gas in a quick fashion,” Mr Lowry said.

Mr Lowry said there were five employees on site at the time on the explosion who reported a “definite boom”.

“They were shaken up obviously. It’s a heck of a shock to go through something like that,” he said.

He said during the weekend his people would put together than plans and schedules for putting the number one boiler back on line.


5 dead, over 100 hurt in Mumbai factory blast (May 27, 2016)

Five persons died and more than 100 were injured after an explosion resulted in a fire in a chemical factory in the Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation area in Thane district, on Thursday.

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According to the police, the incident occurred around 11.45 a.m. in a plant owned by the Acharya Chemicals group in Dombivili (east), which manufactures industrial chemicals. The complex also has a laboratory, Herbert Brown Pharmaceutical and Research Laboratory.

The police and the fire brigade have initiated a probe into the cause of the explosion. “The initial assumption was that there was a blast in the boiler room. However, the explosion seems to have been the result of a chemical reaction gone wrong, but it is too early to say anything definite,” said Joint Commissioner of Police Ashutosh Dumbare, Thane police.

The Manpada police are in the process of registering Accidental Death Reports (ADRs). Officials said that four of the deceased have been identified as Dnyanesh Hazare, Mahesh Pandey, Raju Shingare and Neelam Dethe, while the fifth is yet to be identified.

The intensity of the blast was such that windows as far as one kilometre were shattered.


Employee injured after boiler explosion at Union Bank building in Upland

(May 25, 2016)

UPLAND >> A man was injured in an explosion Wednesday when he reportedly tried to ignite the pilot light of a red-tagged basement boiler.

The ignition of the boiler at 188 N. Euclid Ave. — which houses Union Bank on the first floor — caused a quick flash explosion around noon, according to Dave Corbin, deputy fire chief of the Upland Fire Department.

“The boiler in the building was red-tagged by the gas company (Tuesday) because of a gas leak,” Corbin said in a phone interview. “A representative from the building allegedly tried to restore the gas and relight it with the gas leaking out when he relit it. It ignited and caused a quick flash explosion, which did injure the representative who was taken to Arrowhead Regional Medical Center.”

The building, Corbin said, suffered slight damage.

“We were able to do a primary search on the building and we were able to evacuate everyone else out. An atmosphere check showed zero presence of gas, and we did allow business personnel back inside the building three hours after the incident occurred.”

Boiler explosion at Sirajganj rice mill leaves two dead (April 20, 2016)

Police said the explosion at a village in Royganj Upazila on Wednesday morning has left three others injured.

The dead have been identified as Idris Ali, 25, and Nazir Hossain, 24.

The injured have been taken to the Sirajganj Sadar Hospital, said Royganj Police OC Rashedul Islam Biswas.

Quoting locals, the police officer said that the boiler exploded around 7am in the morning.


Boiler explosion destroys building wall, no injuries reported (March 30, 2016)

COLLEGE PARK, Ga. — A paper processing plant is missing 40-feet of wall after it was destroyed in a boiler plant explosion.

The explosion took place at KapStone Container building off of Sullivan Road just before 5 a.m. Thursday morning.

According to the College Park Fire Department, a boiler exploded in the rear of the building. There was heavy fire both in and around the scene when crews arrived.

All employees were accounted for with no injuries reported. Authorities say the biggest concern is the structural damage sustained by the blast.


Six Assamese workers injured in boiler explosion (February 11, 2016)

Six factory workers from Assam were injured when a boiler in which old tires were being melted, exploded at a unit in Podanur area on the city outskirts today.

The factory was engaged in extracting oil from old tires by melting them at high temperature in a boiler, police said.

The workers were putting the tyres in the boiler when they noticed that smoke was not emanating from the top and went to check it. However, it exploded, resulting in burn and splinter injuries to six of them, police said.


Gazipur factory fire death toll rises to 6 (January 23, 2016)

Another person who was burnt in a fire at a factory of Pubail in Tongi of Gazipur died early today.

Abdul Kader, 60, succumbed to his injuries at the burn unit of Dhaka Medical College Hospital around 3:00am, his son Md Bahar Uddin told our Gazipur correspondent.

The victim was taken to the hospital yesterday as he had suffered burn injuries from the fire which might have originated from boiler explosions at the Pubail factory.

Yesterday, five persons, including a woman, were killed in the fire. According to witnesses, a boiler exploded with a huge bang around 4:00pm, causing the fire. About 30 workers were at the factory then and most of them rushed outside to save their lives. A little while after the first explosion, two more boilers exploded, said locals. It took about one and a half hours’ effort by six fire engines of Gazipur and Tongi fire stations to douse the flames.

Early morning boiler explosion at NDSCS campus (January 21, 2016)

Wahpeton, ND (WDAY TV) – An incident that could’ve been a lot worse at the North Dakota State College of Science today.  At about 7 this morning, an explosion blew the doors off of a boiler in the Central Heating Plant.

No one was injured or evacuated. Employees called the fire department just after 10 when they noticed high heat and glowing embers in the damaged boiler area.

Officials say coal dust is the most likely cause. The campus does still have heat.

Eight Die in Sugar Mill Boiler Explosion (January 19, 2016)

JHANG: Eight people, including two brothers, died and 11 others injured, seven of them critically, when the boiler of a sugar mills exploded on Shorkot Cantonment road on Tuesday.

According to eyewitnesses, the boiler of the Kashmir Sugar Mills was being cleaned when the workers erroneously opened a valve that started emitting steam during the morning shift.

Before the leakage could be plugged, they said, the boiler exploded causing a massive blast that was heard far and away.

They said 19 workers were present in the boiler unit when the explosion occurred.

As a result of the explosion, seven people – Ishaq , Aslam (brothers), Sajjad, Ashraf, Sarfraz, Mahamand and an unidentified man – died on the spot, while Shehzad died on the way to the hospital.

Three of the critically injured –Abdul Waris, Asrar and Muhammad Ali – were shifted to the Allied Hospited, Faisalabad, while another Khalil who was also seriously injured was shifted to the Nishtar Hospital, Multan. Three others, Muhammad Ali, Faisal and Gul Raheem were shifted to the Shorkot Tehsil Headquarters Hospital.

All the deceased and injured people were residents of Khumananwala and other villages located in the vicinity of the mills.

The mills administration is yet to fix the responsibility for the incident.

Meanwhile, the Punjab government has constituted a high-level inquiry committee to probe into the incident.

Some residents of Khumanawala village talking to Dawn sought full compensation to the families of the deceased and the injured.

They also demanded immediate steps for safety of mills workers to avert such incidents in future. Official news agency APP, quoting Shorkot THQ hospital sources said that most of the injured were in serious condition with up to 70pc burns.

AWP: Awami Workers’ Party central secretary general Farooq Tariq expressed solidarity with the families of the workers killed in the Kashmir Sugar mills boiler explosion.

In a statement on Tuesday, he demanded that a Rs3 million be paid to the families of each deceased and Rs1 million to each injured worker.

He also demanded that the proceedings of the investigating committee formed by the chief minister be made public.

He said the lack of safety arrangements had made the sugar mills a death trap for the workers.

The Kashmir Sugar mills is owned by Mian Javed Shafi, a cousin of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif.



Two severely burnt in boiler explosion at Dhaka RMG Factory (January 18, 2016)

Two workers have sustained severe burns in a boiler explosion at a readymade garment factory in Dhaka’s Mirpur.

The explosion rocked the dyeing section of ‘Active Zipper’ factory around 3am on Monday, said Fire Service Control Room official Atikul Alam.

The injured — ‘Swapan’, 20, and ‘Arif’, 18 — have been admitted to the burns unit of Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH).

Both of them suffered more than 80 percent burns of their bodies, according to Assistant Sub-Inspector Sentu Chandra Das of DMCH police outpost.


School boiler explosion injures worker, prompts evacuation (January 13, 2016)

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Authorities say a maintenance worker was severely burned in a boiler explosion that prompted evacuation of a northwest Philadelphia elementary school.

The blast at F.S. Edmonds in the East Mount Airy neighborhood was reported at about 12:40 p.m. Wednesday.

Police said the boiler in the basement exploded while a maintenance man was working on it. A police spokeswoman said the blast did not appear suspicious.

The 61-year-old worker was taken to Einstein Medial Center with severe burns to his body and listed by medics in critical condition.

No injuries to students or staff were reported.


5 injured in Crossroads church boiler explosion (January 6, 2016)

MIAMI TOWNSHIP (HAMILTON COUNTY), Ohio — Five men were hospitalized after a minor boiler explosion at a church Wednesday afternoon.

The boiler “failure” happened at Crossroads West Side in the 8500 block of Bridgetown Road at about 2:40 p.m., Fire Chief Steve Ober said. The failure sent shrapnel flying and blew out windows.

The five men — two repairmen and three church staff — were taken to University of Cincinnati Medical Center, officials said. Four had minor injuries, and one had serious cuts on his face.

“A lot of superficial cuts, scrapes — the one gentleman who we believe, obviously, was closest to the boiler did get some severe lacerations to his face, but again, nothing life-threatening,” Ober said. “They’re all going to be sore. There’s going to be lots of bumps and bruises because a lot of debris probably hit them. It’d be like getting punched a few times.”

Fire crews were still investigating the cause of the boiler failure.

Crossroads posted on Facebook that building officials were checking out the structure. The church hoped to have normal services this weekend.