Mishap again at Bhusan steel plant, 3 critical

Dhenkanal: Mild tension prevailed on the premises of Bhusan Steel plant at Meramundali in Dhenkanal district on Sunday morning after an accident struck the plant on late Saturday night leaving three officials including an engineer and two technicians injured.
The injured have been admitted to a private hospital in Cuttack even as their condition is stated to be critical. However, no comments have been established from the company authorities over the health condition of the injured.
Sources said three officials were on duty at SMS- II of the plant while an oxygen cylinder exploded leading to fire in the area. The officials on duty were caught inferno and most of their body parts were burnt.
According to report one of the leading steel ventures, Bhusan plant, witnessed three accidents in the past couple of weeks leaving many dead and injured while company authorities have done precious little to check such mishaps.
“Four people were killed and many injured in last week incident while no measures have been taken for workers’ safety. Again three officials are critical in yesterday’s accident. But neither government nor company authorities have considered it. We would shut down the plant if such mishap continues”, Joint Secretary of Bhusan labour union Lalit Biswal said.
On the other hand plant officials admitted that the labourers suffered losses due to repeated mishap following which many deserted the company. However, they assured of restoring normalcy in the industry soon.
“Workers have suffered a lot due to accidents while many left the company with fear. We expected that normalcy would be restored gradually” Senior manager of Bhusan plant Subhankar Tripathy said.
Notably, similar accident had occurred on January 6 at Phase-II colony of the plant where a cooking gas cylinder caught fire to electric short circuit in which four labourers were charred alive. The incident had triggered panic among the fellow employees working there.
Meanwhile, State government asked the district administration to submit report over the repeated accidents occurred at the particular steel plant.