One person was injured when fire engulfed a chemical factory at Boisar’s Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC) area following an explosion in a chemical reactor on Tuesday.
A chemical reactor is an apparatus that holds substances that are undergoing a chemical reaction.
According to the MIDC fire station, the fire started at around 8.50am at the Ganesh Plasto chemical company during the manufacture of benzoic acid from toluene.
Two fire tenders and five tankers were pressed into service. Fire brigade officials said the blaze was contained at 11.30am and cooling operations were on till 1.30pm.
Boisar police said the incident took place when the chemical was transferred from one reactor to another. Jitendra Phulchand Sharma, 24, an operator working at the reactor, was injured.
The police have registered a case against RB Sharma, manager of the Ganesh Plasto chemical company, for alleged negligence. “The injured person was not equipped to handle the job. He was assigned the job only because the plant manager and shift in-charge were on leave,” said U Sonawane, senior police inspector, Boisar police station. “Jitendra shouldn’t have been assigned the job by the manager.”
Jitendra, who sustained burn injuries on his limbs, was rescued and shifted to a private hospital where he is recuperating. A dozen other employees working the same shift fled to safer locations.
The case against Sharma has been registered under Indian Penal Code (IPC) sections 287 (negligent conduct with respect to machinery), 336 (act endangering life or personal safety of others) and 338 (causing grievous hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of others).