Crane Accidents

Crane Gives Way, Two Critical

05/16/09

Bokaro, India

Two employees of Bokaro Steel Plant were seriously injured after a 1.5 tonne iron coil being carried on a magnetic crane fell on them from a height of about 12 feet around 9.20am today.

It’s unclear how the two, Anand Mahto of Sector XII and Bal Krishna Prasad Gupta of Sector IX of Bokaro, were walking in what is supposed to have been marked out as a “protected area” of the Cold Rolling Mill (CRM) since the crane was in operation.

Both Mahto and Gupta are “operatives” at Research and Control Laboratory of the plant and have been admitted to the critical care unit of the Bokaro General Hospital. Mahto, who is still unconscious, is said to be critical, while Gupta has several fractures on his body.

The Jharkhand deputy chief inspector of factories, B.K. Thakur, has grounded and sealed the 40-tonne magnetic crane pending investigation. The plant has also ordered a high-level inquiry by a two-member team comprising senior general manager of shop & foundation V. Narain and deputy general manager A.N. Pandey. A report is to be submitted in a week.

According to an eyewitness, the overhead magnetic crane of 40 tonne capacity gave away after a jerk and a 1.5 tonne “pup coil” fell on the two. They collapsed in a pool of blood. About a dozen others working at the site rushed them to the hospital before an ambulance reached the spot.

Thakur said the accident raised some serious concerns. “How did the coil fall from the crane that was clearing scrap? Also, why weren’t the two warned that they were entering a ‘danger zone’?” he said.

The chief of communications of the steel plant, Sanjay Tewary, said the injured were being given the best of treatment. “The truth about the accident will come out once the enquiry report is submitted,” he added.

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