INDIA: Three workers were killed and 12 others injured in a blast at a chemical factory located at Tarapur MIDC in Boisar town in Palghar district in Maharashtra on Wednesday evening.
The incident occurred around 4.20 pm at Bhageria Industries Limited (Bhageria Dye-Chem),
located on Plot D-17 MIDC, which produces gamma acid used in the textile industry.
The intensity of the blast was so severe that the roof of the plant got ripped off and the people in nearby Salwad village felt a tremor-like situation.
Out of the three deceased, two were identified as Gopal Sisodia (27) from Boisar and Pankaj Yadav (32) from Karjat. The identity of the third deceased is yet to be identified. The conditions of two workers were stated to be serious. Some of the workers were contract workers.
Soon after the mishap, personnel from the Boisar police station and local fire brigade rushed to the spot and doused the fire after battling for several hours.
Due to the explosion in the reactor vessel at the chemical factory, three workers died and 12 others were injured. “While the bodies of the victims were sent to a government hospital for post-mortem, the injured were admitted to a nearby hospital,” Palghar police spokesperson Sachin Navadkar said.
A total of 18 employees were working at the factory when the blast occurred. In the preliminary probe, the plant in-charge confirmed that the blast occurred due to the pressure in the reactor vessel. The plant manufactures gamma acid that is used in the textile industry.
“The reactor vessel exploded when the process was underway to mix sodium sulphate with ammonia. The police will seek technical support from the officials of the Directorate of Industrial Safety and Health to probe the incident,” an official said.