Three workers died and five others suffered severe burn injuries after molten iron fell on them from a boiler inside a factory in Kanchipuram district near Chennai.
The boiler exploded at the plant in Kaliyaanpoondi injuring eight workers, police said. Three of them succumbed to injuries at a government hospital while the condition of five others was stated to be serious.
While four of the injured were admitted to SRM Medical College hospital at Potheri, the other was shifted to Government Kilpauk Medical College hospital in Chennai for treatment.
The bodies of the deceased, identified as Dinesh, Akilesh and Surender, were shifted to Uthiramerur government hospital. Police are investigating.
The private factory, where the accident happened, employs 300 people in manufacturing beams, channels and sponge iron among other things. Workers put small metal scrap into the boiler and melt it at high temperatures.
“Small explosions, due to formation of water molecules inside the boiler, are common and molten iron spills out, injuring us,” workers were quoted as saying.
In another incident, four members of a family, including two children, were charred to death in a fire triggered by the explosion of a domestic LPG cylinder in Nashik district of Maharashtra.