8 workers injured in boiler blast in NLC

Eight workers sustained burn injuries in a boiler blast at NLC India Limited’s thermal power station (TPS) II in Neyveli in Tamil Nadu on Thursday. The company suspects that overheat and high pressure might have led to the explosion of the outlet unit of the boiler.

Two of the eight injured are regular workers while others are contract workers. All the injured underwent first aid treatment at NLCIL Hospital and were referred to a private hospital in Trichy for advanced treatment.

“We are giving the best possible treatment to the workers. The fire is still on but under control. We have stopped work at three boilers. We would resume once it’s fixed. We’ve ordered a probe,” said Rakesh Kumar, Chairman and Managing Director, NLC.

There is speculation that the power production was increased on Thursday. The company authorities, however, say all the safety protocols were adhered to. “All safety audits have been done and complied with,” R Vikraman, Director, Human Resource said.

It was indeed a tragic day for the country. Hours after the Vizag gas leak tragedy that claimed over 11 lives, another boiler explosion at a public-sector coal mining company in Tamil Nadu’s Cuddalore on Thursday afternoon

Soon after the incident was reported, the authorities of the Neyveli Lignite Corporation rushed to the spot to take stock of the situation and to bring it under control. On the other hand, the teams of Tamil Nadu Police and fire services also rushed to the spot to monitor the developments.

In a pre-dawn disaster, at least 11 people, including two minors, were killed and hundreds of others fell sick when styrene vapours leaked from a chemical plant in a thickly populated area of Gopalapatnam in Andhra Pradesh’s Visakhapatnam on Thursday.

The gas reportedly spread over a radius of about 3 km, affecting at least five villages — RR Venkatapuram, Padmapuram, BC Colony, Gopalapatnam and Kamparapalem. About 2,000 people were evacuated from the 3-km radius.