Disasters & Accidents

At least 17 injured due to steam leak at Tata Steel plant in India

New Delhi, Jun 13 (EFE).- At least 17 workers were injured on Tuesday by a steam leak in a factory of the Tata Steel company in eastern India, the multinational firm said in a statement.

Some 17-18 workers at the Tata Steel plant in the town of Dhenkanal in the state of Odisha were injured, the firm’s director of regulatory compliance in the region, Pritam Swain, told EFE from the scene of the accident.

“The accident occurred around 1:00pm (IST) today during the course of the inspection work and has affected few people working at the site, who were immediately shifted to the Occupational Health Centre inside the plant premises and then to (the city of) Cuttack for further treatment,” the statement said.

Tata Steel, which employs some 65,000 people worldwide, said it activated “all the emergency protocols” and cordoned off the area, and launched an investigation into the incident.

The company, which is part of the Tata Group, one of the largest conglomerates in India, had a consolidated turnover of about $29.6 billion in the last fiscal year that concluded in March 2023.

Industrial accidents are frequent in India, often due to the precarious state of infrastructure and lack of maintenance, factors fueled by corruption and poor implementation of industrial safety measures.

On June 2, a collision of three trains left at least 288 dead in the same eastern state, marking the worst railway accident in India in the 21st century. EFE

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