Workplace Safety Watch – June 2021

1 June: Ebadul Momin (27) and Aminul Momin (45) died and six others labourers were injured when a building in which they were sleeping collapsed on them. The Goenka Hostel was being demolished as part of PM Narendra Modi’s pet Kashi Vishwanath Corridor project in Varanasi. Around 30 labourers were forced to sleep in the dilapidated building by the local administration and project contractors.

05 June: Manjunath (29), Rajesh (40), and Manjunath (32) were asphyxiated to death after entering a 20-feet-deep manhole in Karnataka’s Ramanagara without any safety gear. The police arrested the contractor and an aide after the families of the deceased filed a complaint.

07 June: Eighteen workers were killed and several injured in a massive fire at SVS Aqua Technologies factory near Pune that produces chlorine dioxide tablet for water purification. The Centre announced Rs. 2 lakh in compensation to the kin of the deceased and Rs. 50,000 to the injured; the Maharashtra government announced Rs. 5 lakh compensation to the kin of the deceased.

14 June: Sabzar Ahmad Lone died and two others were critically injured after falling unconscious while digging a borewell in Bijbehara in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district.

20 June: At least three labourers died and five others sustained injuries after an under-construction building collapsed in Ganga city, Bikaner (Rajasthan).

20 June: Prabhat Chand Sharma died and two others were severely burnt due when steam leaked from a boiler at a factory on Nagina road in Uttar Pradesh’s Bijnor.

20 June: Pradeep Godh (40) and Ramnath Mahato (45) from Bihar died and three others were severely injured in a furnae blast at a factory of Jagadamsa Steels in southern Nepal’s Bara district.

21 June: A. Selvamani (33), Karpagam (34), T. Surya (25) and Regabiya Solmon (5) died and another was injured in a blast in an illegal fireworks unit at Thayilpatti, Sattur near Sivakasi. V. Gurusamy (45) was killed in another accident reported at Chidambaram Fireworks at Tiruvengadapuram near Sivakasi.

21 June: Six workers rescued and six missing in shoe factory fire in Delhi’s Udyog Nagar. Police have filed a case against the owner, who is absconding, under Section 308 (culpable homicide not amounting to murder) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

21 June: Two workers were killed and two others injured after a portion of earth collapsed on top them while constructing an rrigation well under MGNREGS in Jharkhand’s Ramgarh district.

28 June: Jamuna Nayak and Barsha Nayak died and three others were seriously injured after a guard wall collapsed at Fasiguda village in Odisha’s Ganjam district.

28 June: Jeevraj Jat and Khem Bahadur died while working after they were hit by a boulder and were buried under the rubble during a blast at the Hindustan Zinc mine in Rajasthan’s Bhilwara.

29 June: Panna Lal Yavad (50), Basant (29) and Mangal Prasad Singh (26) were killed and another injured after an elevator malfunctioned and came crashing from the seventh floor of an under-construction Delhi Development Authority housing society in Dwarka Sector 14, Delhi. The Police registered a case under Sections 304A, 287, 288 and 337 of the IPC.

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