38 workers are injured, two of them critically, after coming in contact with hot air and coal particles from a furnace at the Uttam Galva Metallics steel plant near Wardha in Maharashtra on February 3, 2021. The furnace was shut on evening of 2 February for annual maintenance. At 5.30 AM on 3 February 2021, 50 workers were removing the fly ash from the furnace when some of them came in contact with hot air & coal particles and sustained burn injuries.
While 28 injured were taken to the Vinoba Bhave hospital at Savangi, 10 were shifted to the Kasturba hospital at Sevagram in Wardha. Six workers, who sustained over 40 per cent burn injuries, were later shifted to an intensive care unit.
Uttam Galva Metallics is located at Bhugaon village, 10 km from Wardha town and is a manufacturer of cold rolled steel and galvanized steel
Earlier this month, UK-based alternative investment manager Nithia Capital and a global alternative investment manager CarVal Investors announced the acquisition of Uttam Galva Metallics Limited and Uttam Value Steel Limited for INR 2,000 crore through Wardha Steel Holdings, Nithia Capital's Singapore-based joint venture holding company.