Reported by Santosh Jagdev
Bhubaneswar, Mar 24:
A day after a labour leader’s demand to arrest the factory manager as well as the contractor responsible for the death of a contract labourer in an accident at the OMFED dairy plant here, plant officials today rebutted charges leveled by the labour leader that the deceased worker had been engaged in the perilous job without proper safety equipment and training.
“The allegations are completely false. We have followed all necessary safety measures. The deceased, Pramod Kumar Senapati, was provided with gloves, safety belt, safety shoes and helmet while he was trying to dismantle the 70–feet high boiler chimney of the plant,” said JB Mohapatra, general manager, Projects of OMFED.
“It was just an unfortunate accident that happened despite all precautions and safety measures taken. We did the best we could have done to extricate his body from the chimney,” he said expressing grief at the death of the worker. “The Factory and Boiler’s director and Assistant director had inspected the whole spot just before the accident happened,” he added.
The officials of OMFED said that the company had decided to provide the family of the deceased worker financial assistance of Rs 1 lakh on humanitarian grounds.
They decried the attempt by some outfits to spoil the good name that the OMFED dairy company had earned over the years for its service through what they described was calumny.
M/s B S Engineers and Contractors, Bhubaneswar had engaged a total of eight skilled and unskilled workers to carry out the operation inside the plant for chimney dismantle work, plant sources said.
Contractor BB Sahu said, “We have provided his family Rs 50,000 as compensation and other benefits will be provided later.”
Senapati, a contractual worker of Bargarh district employed in the plant, died yesterday in a mishap after the Plant’s 70-feet high chimney accidentally fell on him while he was trying to dismantle it with a gas cutter.