Death of two workers yesterday, in two different factory mishaps in and around Durgapur once again points towards gross violation of factory safety norms in most of the factories situated in the industrial town of Durgapur. Three more workers with severe injuries have been admitted in a private healthcare unit in Durgapur.
Dharmaraj Viswakarma (45) – a worker with Super Smelter – a secondary steel unit in Jamuria’s Ikra adjacent to Durgapur town was killed when the boiler exploded at around 2:30 p.m. yesterday. Three others of the private owned steel unit were wounded with burn injuries. The boiler, according to the sources, was over charged and couldn’t maintain pressure leading to the fatal explosion.
Mr. Chanchal Banerjee, INTTUC (Labour wing of Trinamool Congress) unit secretary in the factory, alleged that the factory management has always been negligent on safety aspects, which has resulted in annual casualties. Despite several warnings, the authority remained indifferent, Mr. Banerjee said.
INTTUC leaders have demanded immediate compensation for the bereaved family and a job for one of the family member.
In yet another incident at private owned Graphite India – a graphite rod manufacturing unit in Durgapur, one casual worker Ujjawal Bagdi (31) died while working on an electrical cable. The cable suddenly got power supply when Bagdi was working and he got electrocuted.
The workers erupted in protest and detained the body of the victims for several hours demanding immediate compensation against the casualty.
An inquiry is to be made to ascertain why power was supplied to the cable where one worker was already engaged in maintenance work.
In both the above incident one thing which is common is that proper safety measure was very much lacking and is responsible for the death of the two poor factory labourer. Both the incidents also points toward gross negligence on aspects of safety.