Three workers hospitalised after gas leak during transformer installation

May 14, 2020
Posted by Patrick Haddad

At least three workers have been hospitalised after they inhaled nitrogen gas, which had leaked from a transformer at Hot Strip Mills at Bokaro Steel Plant (BSL) in Bokaro, India.

Three people including General Manager V Narayan, one BSL employee and one contract worker fainted and fell seriously ill after they inhaled nitrogen gas leaked from a transformer, informed eyewitness.

With the help co-workers, they were immediately rushed to Bokaro General Hospital (BGH), where their condition is stable but now out of danger, said hospital sources.

According to the eyewitness, the incident occurred while installing a new transformer, which had not been evacuated of gas prior to beginning work.

For safety measures before installation, nitrogen should be evacuated from the transformer first, then after filling oil into it, installation work should be carried out, said an expert. Nitrogen gas is filled into transformer for safety reasons so that it would not become defunct especially during transportation, he said.

Blaming BSL management for negligence General Secretary of Krantikari Ispat Majdoor Sangh, Rajender Singh said, the incident occurred as safety standards were not taken care inside the plant. “A major incident was averted as it was nitrogen gas,” he said.

The condition of all three is stable now and they are under observation at BGH, said MK Dhan Chief of Communication BSL. “We have constituted a five members team to investigate the reason behind the incident,” added the COC.

Source: The Pioneer

Photo (for illustrative purposes): Bokaro Steel Plant Main Gate / Sandyiit / Wikimedia / CC BY-SA 3.0


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