Sanitation: 2 sanitation workers Ravi Kumar (28) and Ramu (25) died of suffocation after they entered into a septic tank of Hotel Yumlok, Bengaluru on 13 February 2018. Both the workers were from Raichur and were employed on contract by the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP).
Murugesan and Maari, employed at Chem Ethic Solutions, Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu based cleaning company died of asphyxiation while cleaning the septic tank of the luxury Hudson Hotel on 14 February 2018. Ravi, an employee of the Hotel also lost his life while trying to save the sanitation workers.
7 contract sanitation workers, M Ramesh (32), G Govinda Swamy (35), B Ramachandra (23), A Reddappa (30), R Babu (30), Kesava (20) and B Venkata Rajulu (23) asphyxiated to death after inhaling toxic gases on 16 February 2018, while cleaning a waste tank at Venkateswara Hatcheries in Moram village of Palamaner mandal in Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh. Venkateswara Hatcheries are the producers of the Venky’s products. Another worker, Sivakumar Reddy (43), was rescued by the locals. The workers did not have any safety equipment while they entered the tank.
Manufacturing: On 13 February 2018, an explosion in the ONGC drillship, Sagar Bhushan, killed 5 workers and injured 7 others at the Cochin Shipyard Limited (CSL). The explosion took place while the drillship was undergoing maintenance at the shipyard due to leakage of acetylene. The workers who lost life were senior fireman Unnikrishnan CS, fire watchman Jayan KB, safety assistant Gibin, and contract workers Ramsheed and Kannan MV.
A probe conducted by a four-member team of officers of the Department of Factories and Boilers found serious lapses on the part of Cochin Shipyard Ltd (CSL) in ensuring safety measures that resulted in the explosion on Sagar Bhushan, the ONGC drill ship on 13 February 2018. The Factories and Boilers team found that provisions of the Factories Act, 1948 were violated on the day of the accident. The Act mandates that a safety officer must examine the work area and certify that it is safe. No such procedure was followed by ONGC or CSL on the day of the accident which resulted in death of five workers and left many injured.
7 workers, B. Srinivas (36), K Simhachalam (32), Kumara Swamy (39) and Haren Khalkar (40), Sanjeeth Kumar (19) and Shyam Chauran Behra (30) were severely injured when a fire broke out at Seutic Pharma Private Limited, a pharma chemical factory in the industrial area of Jeedimetla, Hyderabad on 23 February 2018 due to a reactor explosion at the plant.
3 workers died and 8 got severely injured in a fire that broke out after due to blast at the fertilizer plant of GSL Crop Science Private Limited in Nandesari industrial area on the outskirts of Vadodara on 21 January 2018.
1 worker, Sanjay Sharma (32) died and 11 others survived injuries, after inhaling toxic gases leaking from a pipeline at the Century Rayon Limited factory in Shahad, near Kalyan, Mumbai on 15 February 2018, while the pipeline was undergoing repairs.
Construction: Mehendi Rasool Siddiqui (45) a contract worker from Jharkhand employed by Larsen & Toubro, slipped and fell off an under-construction bridge leading to his death on 9 February 2018 while working at the site of the Statue of Unity in Narmada distrct, Gujarat.
Mining: Guru Charan Behera (25) was crushed to death at a stone quarry near Nuagad village under Dharmasala block in Jajpur district, Orissa.