Bhubaneswar: At least 19 persons sustained critical injuries due to an explosion in the steam pipe at the BFPP2 power plant in Tata Steel’s Kantabania plant near Meramandali in Dhenkanal district, today. The workers of the steel plant were rescued and rushed to a private hospital in Cuttack for treatment. Condition of one of them was stated to be critical at the healthcare facility, sources said.
In a statement the company said, “The accident occurred at 1:00 pm (IST) today during the course of the inspection work and has affected few people working at the site, who were immediately shifted to the Occupational Health Centre inside the plant premises and then to Cuttack for further treatment, as a precautionary measure, in the Company’s ambulance, accompanied by doctor and paramedics”.
“Immediately post the accident, all the emergency protocol services were activated and the area has been cordoned off. The Company is ensuring all necessary information and support to the families of the affected personnel. We are working closely with relevant authorities on ground and have initiated an internal investigation to ascertain the cause of the accident” Tata Steel said.