In an unfortunate incident at Steel Authority of India Limited’s Rourkela Steel Plant, four contract workers engaged at the Plant’s Coal Chemicals Department have succumbed to a suspected gas leakage incident. The contractual workers felt unwell at around 9 AM on 06.01.2021 and were immediately rushed to the ICU of Ispat General Hospital at Rourkela for treatment. SAIL said “SAIL family is deeply saddened by the loss of lives and stand strong with the affected families at this time of grief. A high level committee has been formed to inquire into the cause of the incident and all emergency protocols have been immediately activated in the plant.”
Local media reported that DGM of Coal Chemical Department Mr N Das and DGM of Energy Management Department Mr G Barik were placed under suspension for dereliction of duty. RSP also assured to provide a job to each family of the deceased. Besides, maintenance contractor firm Star Construction that had hired the services of the four has been directed to pay INR 2.5 lakh ex gratia to each of their kin.
RSPs Chief Executive Officer Mr Dipak Chattaraj has expressed deep anguish over the untimely demise of the four contract workers and said the authorities will extend every possible support to the bereaved families.
Odisha Chief Minister Me Naveen Patnaik has expressed grief. He said “Deeply saddened to know about the tragic loss of lives in the gas leak incident at Rourkela Steel Plant. My thoughts and prayers are with bereaved families in the hour of grief.”
India’s Steel Minister Mr D Pradhan tweeted “Grieved at the loss of lives in an unfortunate incident at SAIL Rourkela Steel Plant. My thoughts are with the affected families in this hour of grief.”
First week of 2021 has not been good for SAIL as Pioneer had reported on January 4 that a critically injured Bokaro Steel Plant’s worker Mr Abul Ansari died at Mission Hospital Durgapur. Mr Ansari, posted as Technician at Steel Melting Shop II, sustained over 50% burn injuries on 30 December. He was admitted to Bokaro General Hospital, later shifted to Durgapur Mission Hospital for better treatment