Sipcot Area - Community Environmental Monitors

Fire accident and chemical tank explosion in EID Parrys unit injures 2

Cuddalore, 29 March 2006: A fire accident and explosion in Ethanol tank was reported from EID Parrys unit, located in Thygavalli panchayat of Cuddalore district, few kilometers away from the SIPCOT complex. According to the source the fire broke out in the godown of the factory due to electrical short circuit which later caused the explosion in the Ethanol tank near by. It is reported that two workers (P. Radhkrishnan and K. Kamalakannan) out of eight present on the spot,  were seriously injured in the accident and have been admitted to a private hospital in Cuddalore town. 

Though the unit has filed a First Information Report (FIR) with the Cuddalore Port Police Station it has not informed the Factories Inspectorate about the accident as mandatory under the Factories Act. The TNPCB has also not been informed about the explosion in the Ethanol tank.

A letter compliant reporting the accident and also requesting action against the unit for not complying with the Factories Act, has been sent independently by SACEM to the Factories Inspectorate. SACEM members are awaiting response
from the department. 


Read the news story here: Two hurt in fire mishap
March 30 2006 10:31 IST

New Indian Express

Fire accident and chemical tank explosion in EID Parrys unit injures 2
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