India – 2 Killed in Chemical Unit Blast
VISAKHAPATNAM: Two died and five workers were injured when a chemical reactor ripped open due to high pressure and burst in the pharmaceutical unit of Sainor Chemicals in Parawada pharma city Monday.
The deceased have been identified as Harish Kumar (28), a native of Srikakulam district and working as a shift-incharge and Srinivas (50), a contract employee and resident of Kasimkota of the district.
The injured include S Nookaraju, Gangadhar Rao, G Raju, E Shekar and B Kondal Rao. Gangadhar Rao’s condition is said to be serious with over 50 per cent burns. All of them are contract employees.
According to sources, the incident took place at around noon, when a man-hole of a chemical reactor ripped open due to high pressure, possibly due to some wrong chemical composition.
The incident occurred when the distillation process was on in the reactor. Sources said that the blast was so severe that one side of a wall completely collapsed, while thick black dust enveloped the premises.
Upon intimation, five or six fire tenders rushed to the spot and battled the flames for almost two hours to bring it under control. The blast did not trigger much fire but it was smoke which enveloped the area completely.
District Fire officer J Mohan Rao said that it was doubtful whether the company had renewed the ‘No Objection Certificate’ (NOC) from the Fire Department and added the department will book a case if the NoC was not renewed. The Parawada police registered a case and are investigating.
Sainor Chemicals is a bulk drug unit and it manufactures chemicals for Omeprazole tablets and capsules.
Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu asked the local authorities to extend advanced treatment for the injured and check all necessary requirements.
Meanwhile, the CPM demanded investigation into the incident. They alleged that though such untoward incidents had been occurring repeatedly, the government is not at all concerned about them.
CPM district convenor K Lokanadham demanded a compensation `30 lakh for the deceased and advanced treatment for the injured. He also said that this was the sixth such incident in the past two years.