Molten iron ore injures 15 in Indian metal plant
07 November 2017
At least 15 labourers were injured when a crane broke and the molten iron ore it was carrying rained down on workers in a factory in Haridwar district, 200 km north east of New Delhi, police said on November 6. Five of the injured in the incident are said to be critical.
The incident took place the previous day at the Radiant Bar iron bar factory, part of the Rana Steel group. There was also a major explosion as the molten ore from the broken 17-tonne capacity ladle fell on oxygen cylinders. A generator also caught fire, adding to the blaze.
A case has been registered against the factory management for negligence and obstructing rescue efforts. Police said they have arrested the factory’s general manager and supervisor for not informing the police about the accident and barring entry to officials, delaying the rescue and relief operations.
The Hindustan Times quoted a police source saying that security guards did not let the police onto the site for a considerable amount of time. It was only after additional reinforcements were called that they were able to get inside and rescue the workers.
“We are still identifying the exact number of injured. The factory management had taken the injured workers to a nearby private hospital,” the police source said.
Most of the workers are migrant labourers from Bihar and Uttar Pradesh, police said, with around 125 workers on site when the incident occurred.
A district magistrate ordered a probe staffed by a joint team of representatives from the fire, labour and police departments.