Workplace Safety Watch – October 2020


On 31 Oct. Vishal Maulikar (32) died of asphyxiation while 5 other workers lost consciousness while cleaning a 25 feet deep chemical tank at the Bamni Proteins Ltd on Ballarpur-Ashti road, Nagpur.

On 19 Oct. Idris and Salim both 45 years old were killed of asphyxiation while 4 others fainted after inhaling toxic fumes while cleaning the chemical tank of a jewellery manufacturing unit in Adarsh Nagar Area, New Delhi. The police have arrested factory owner Rajender Soni and the cleaning contractor Pramod Dangi for culpable homicide.

On 11 Oct. Manoj and Devendra died of asphyxiation when they entered to clean a drain in Badarpur’s Molarband locality in Delhi. The person who had hired them to clean the tank jumped in to rescue them and died in the process himself. The sanitation workers were not provided any safety equipment. The police have registered a case under section 304A (death due to negligence) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).


On 24 Oct., Rohit (22) died of drowning after he fell in the water tank of a beverage company which produces for Coca Cola in Ambala, Haryana. Rohit was employed as a care taker of the water tanks during night shift.

On 13 Oct. Deepak Ekka, a contract worker at Dalmia Cement factory in Sundergarh, Odisha died after falling from a tower in Line-2 unit of the plant. Ekka was not provided any safety gear. Police have registered a case of accidental death.

On 13 Oct. Gangaram (35) was killed in a boiler explosion at the plywood manufacturing factory in Balrampur area of Uttar Pradesh while his co-worker Haroon survived grave injuries. Police have registered a case against the owner of the factory while the fire department is probing the cause of the explosion.

On 12 Oct. Manoj Saini (31) was crushed to death by a crane while he was asleep after his shift at the construction site where he was employed near GT Karnal Road, Delhi. The crane driver abandoned the crane 1km away form the site of the accident and ran away. The police have registered a case and looking for the driver.

On 12 Oct. Shishupal Jatav died of injuries after falling in the paper mill tank in Shahjahanpur, Uttar Pradesh. Shishupal was not provided any safety gears and his shift was extended twice leading to fatigue. Police has registered a case of death due to negligence under section 304A of IPC.

On 05 Oct. Mukarram (25) was killed in the factory fire which engulfed a cloth factory on Rohan Road in Ludhiana. The charred body of the garment worker was found 1-day after the fire incident when the relatives and co-workers surrounded the office of the manager and demanded that a search team be constituted for the missing worker.


On 19 Oct. Amol Kale (40) and Ganesh Ugale (45) were killed of electrocution while 5 others got severely injured while fixing leakage in a water pipeline in Kurla area of Mumbai. The police have registered a case of accidental death in the matter. The workers hired by the municipal corporation were being made to handle electrical equipment like generators without any safety equipment.

On 13 Oct. Jamuna Mandal (38) died of burn injuries after coming in contact with high tension wire in Giridih district of Jharkhand.

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