Three employees of a pharmaceutical company in Dombivli were badly injured in a boiler blast at the company factory on Friday. Around 125 residents from the area, too, were treated for burning eyes, vomiting and breathing problems after bromine gas was released into the air following the blast. They were sent home after being provided first aid.
The injured employees of Aarti Industries Sripad Parkhi, 23, Vishal Dalvi, 24, and Rajesh Khatke, 23, have been admitted to Hambard Hospital, Dombivli. Dr Sanjeev Hambarde said, “The three employees of the company received severe injuries to the eyes and we are trying our best to save their eyes.”
Datta Pandhare from the Manpada police station said the police received a call from the company around 7.45am; the blast had occurred at 7.30am, following which they rushed to the spot. The police have filed an offence of negligence against managing committee of Aarti Industries.
PI Pandhare said, “We are in the process of finding out who the top bosses at Aarti Industries are and we will arrest them accordingly and produce them in Kalyan court.
The Maharashtra pollution department and factory inspector team, too, visited the spot and are investigating the reason behind the blast.
MP Anand Paranjape visited the spot and the injured employees in hospital. He said repeated instances in Dombivli MIDC showed that the Maharashtra Pollution board and MIDC Industrial security departments were ineffectual in implementing rules and regulations.
“No companies follow safety norms. Also, on paper they show one type of production, while in actuality they produce something entirely different. Many residents have sold their bungalows and property at throwaway rates and have shifted to safer areas,” Paranjape said.