Workers trapped in factory fire as all exit doors were locked from outside


On 2 March 2018, 3 construction workers, K Ramesh (20), M Alamelu (50) and Laxmanan (50), died and 2 workers sustained serious injuries after a wall collapsed in Tiruvannamalai in Tamil Nadu. The incident occurred when the workers were engaged in digging a trench along the compound wall of a century old mutt to build a house.


Nunela Kumar Raja (28) a daily wage earner in LG Polymers private limited, Vishakhapatnam, Tamil Nadu was burnt to death in a fire on the plant premises on 3 March 2018. The supervisor in the factory had deployed 4 daily wage workers to gather dry teak leaves on the plant premise and burn them There was an intense fire in the premises when the flames were fanned by the winds.

Factory Fire:

A major fire broke out after a boiler explosion in Ramdeo Chemicals Factory in the Boisar-Tarapur industrial estate in Palghar district of Maharashtra, killing 3 workers (Pintu Kumar Gautam, Janu Adaria and Alok Nath) and injuring 13 others on 8 March 2018.

The first blast occurred in Novaphene Specialties Private Limited in E-107 unit of Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC) which then spread out to 6 other factories.

On 18 March 2018, 3 workers along with 2 children were charred to death in a major fire which broke out in Real Paint Factory in the Rai industrial estate in Sonipat, Haryana.

The fire broke out in the basement of Real Paint Private Limited that spread out to the adjacent factories.  Since all exits were blocked, several workers and their families residing on the second and third floors jumped to save their lives leading to several workers suffering fractured limbs and other injuries.

1 worker Kalyan Singh Parihar, (24) was killed and 3 others Naresh Damor (21), Bunty Parihar (26) and Mahendra Parihar (43) were severely injured in a boiler explosion in Dhanlaxmi Industries, located in Phase 4 of Vatva GIDC area, Gujarat on 22 March 2018.  Dhanlaxmi Industries are involved in manufacturing dyes and intermediates.


On 8 March 2018, 2 workers Ramu and Ravi both migrant workers from Uttar Pradesh, died due to suffocation while cleaning the sludge from the polluted water tank at Jagdish Product Unit at the Balotra Industrial Area in Barmer, Rajasthan.

On 7 March 2018 in another incident, 1worker Prakash (25) died and 3 others Ganesh (19), Kishore (32) and Lalit (18) were seriously injured after inhaling poisonous gases at Mahabalafi factory in the Balotra Industrial Area.

On 14 March 2018, Balram (32) a native of Madhya Pradesh asphyxiated to death after he entered a manhole in Shimlapuri, Ludhiana, Punjab.

On 20 March 2018 a sanitation worker G Gangaraju (37) died after slipping into a 22 feet manhole at H Block of Vambay Colony, in Vijaywada, Andhra Pradesh. The worker along with 5 other workers was hired by a contractor of Vijawada Municipal Corporation. Gangaraju along with another had climbed into the 22-feet manhole without any safety gear and while climbing up he slipped and fell into the manhole and was washed away immediately.

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