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One confirmed dead after Tata Steel explosion in India

20 November 2013

Press Trust of India said on November 20 that an employee who was critically injured in a gas holder explosion at the Tata Steel plant in Jamshedpur on November 14 has died. Ten others were also injured in the incident, some seriously. The gas-holder, which contained a mix of toxic industrial gases, exploded and sparked a fire in the gas pipeline 250m away. 

According to local sources, employees and contract workers saw a spark followed by a blast in a LD-II section gas holder. The part of the plant affected refines molten iron into steel for flat products meant for the auto industry. Many were injured under the collapsing gas holder.

Tata Steel spokesperson Prabhat Sharma said the explosion was confined to one of the LD-II gas holders. Since all vital installations were isolated, production was unaffected.

Deputy chief inspector of factories (Jamshedpur) A.K. Mishra said his department would hold an inquiry into the incident and present a report to the state labour department in 10 days.

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