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Worker dies in steel plant

A 58-year-old unskilled worker suffered a fatal fall while working in a blast furnace of Bokaro steel plant on Tuesday morning.

Suresh Kandolna, a contract worker of Messers Atul Constructions that is undertaking maintenance besides executing the modernisation project in the plant, was repairing a faulty overhead pipeline at furnace II when he suddenly fell down from a height of more than 38 feet.

“Suresh had climbed up to repair the pipeline around 11am. He was standing on a platform. We were all busy working when we a heard a thud. To our shock, we saw Suresh lying on the ground with blood coming out from his mouth and nostrils. He unconscious when we picked him up,” said S.K. Mahto, a co-worker.

The aged worker was rushed to the hospital on the plant premises, but was referred to Bokaro general hospital, where doctors declared him brought dead.

Eyewitnesses said Suresh was not wearing any security gear, which is mandatory while working at the plant, especially at heights. A few days ago, chairman of SAIL C.S. Verma had raised this point, saying that contract workers generally ignored security guidelines and did not wear safety gear while working inside plants.

Soon after the incident, hundreds of workers assembled at the accident site and started protesting. Bokaro steel’s management ordered an inquiry into the accident and announced compensation and a job for the deceased’s kin.

“The inquiry team has been asked to give its report within a week,” said the plant’s chief of communication Sanjay Tewary.

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