New Delhi: Almost a week after the worst-ever accident at Visakhapatnam Steel Plant, Rashtriya Ispat Nigam Ltd (RINL) Monday said it will take the workers into confidence in commissioning its new units in future and would take expert advice on launching new units safely.
The announcement was made in a meeting held on Monday between the RINL management and trade and employees unions, the company said in a statement.
"The Chairman said that RINL management will take the line management and workers into confidence in commissioning the new units in future and added that Russian and other experts opinion will also be taken into account in launching the new expansion units without compromising the safety standards," it said.
Fifteen employees, including some senior officers, of the company, had died in a blast on Wednesday that occurred in the oxygen control unit in the newly commissioned steel melting shop at the Vizag plant.
The statement quoted company chairman A P Choudhary appealing to the employees not to lose heart by the accident and strive to see that the ongoing expansion activity does not get affected further.
Stating that monetary compensation will be handed over to the family members of deceased employees by tomorrow, the statement said RINL has taken immediate action, based on the advice of Joint Chief Inspector of Factories, to comply with the safety norms.
RINL has recently increased its steel making capacity to 6.3 million tonnes per annum (MTPA) from 3 MTPA. The company had commissioned new blast furnace on 24 April. Besides, it is in the process of upgrading and modernising its facilities, including blast furnaces that will raise its production capacity by an additional 1 MTPA.
However, the company has met with seven accidents since April, 2011, which includes some fatalities as well.
First Published: Monday, June 18, 2012, 21:11