Routray talks tough on Bhusan plant mishaps

Bhubaneswar: Raising concern over the mishaps in the recent past at Bhushan plant in Dhenkanal which claimed four lives and left nearly 11 injured, state labour minister Bijayshree Rroutray on Tuesday said that stern action would be taken against the plant authorities if major safety violations are found during audit.

“Audit on plant safety would be conducted soon with the help of independent bodies. We’ll ask to shut down plant operations before restarting it if any glaring violations are observed in the report,” said Routray.

During a review meeting here at the secretariat, the minister also held the company responsible for its callousness for which the mishaps occurred.  

“It is definitely the fault of the company for which these mishaps are happening in a regular interval,” Routray said.

According to information available, in the past 15 days at least four workers were died and 11 injured in separate gas cylinder mishaps. Reports show, during 2006-12 several accidents in the plant have claimed the lives of as many as 55 workers.

The minister has asked the plant authorities to report on safety measures taken by the company within a week.