May 12, 2022

Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant after 3 workers killed in chemical factory explosion

The explosion occurred as workers were removing nuts and bolts from the tank. (Representative)

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Three workers died in an explosion at an ammonia tank being serviced at a factory of Zuari Agro Chemicals Ltd (ZACL) in the South Goa port city of Vasco on Tuesday, a cabinet minister said. the state.

Goa Factories and Boilers Minister Nilkant Halarnkar said the explosion at the factory occurred in the afternoon and all three workers died instantly.

Mr Halarnkar said the plant had to be closed for maintenance.

“We have asked for a report. If we find any negligence, we will take strict action against the factory management,” he said.

Chief Minister Pramod Sawant called the incident “very unfortunate”.

The Chief Minister tweeted: “It is very sad to learn of the tragic death of three workers in the explosion of the ammonia tank under maintenance at the factory of Zuari Agro Chemicals Limited in Vasco. The device of State immediately reacted and did everything possible to bring normalcy to the situation.”

Mr. Sawant clarified that there was no gas leak after the explosion in the ammonia tank.

“I urge residents not to panic or believe any rumours. There is no gas leak and the matter is being monitored by the government,” he said in another tweet.

Sources within ZACL said the workers who died were not company staff but had been hired by a contractor.

They said the blast happened as workers were removing nuts and bolts from the tank, which was due to be closed from May 30.

“Instead of using cold work technology as recommended, they were using gas cutting equipment which caused the explosion,” the sources said.

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