A person was killed and another injured in a boiler blast at former IAS officer Raj Kumar's sweets factory in Industrial Area, Phase 2, Sector 19, in Panchkula on Thursday.
The deceased has been identified as 36-year-old Ram Veer and injured as 30-year-old Bhoj Raj. The victims were migrant workers.
The impact of the blast was such that a part of the boiler was thrown 30 feet away.The factory supplies sweets to Bengali Sweets outlets in Manimajra and Sector 20 of Panchkula.The incident took place at 6.30am. At least 25 persons were working in the factory at the time of incident. However, only Veer and Raj were standing close to the boiler.
According to fellow workers, Veer had gone to check the pressure of the boiler and Raj was putting wood as fuel. Veer died on the spot, while Raj suffered burns on the face.
Veer hails from Firozabad district of Uttar Pradesh. He is survived by his wife and two sons, who reside in his native village.
His brother, Shyam, who also works in the same factory, said, "There was no technical fault. It was just an accident. We cannot blame anyone for the accident."
Raj hails from Etah district of Uttar Pradesh. He has been admitted to the General Hospital, Sector 6, Panchkula.
Both the outlets of Bengali Sweets were closed on Thursday, following the blast. The factory had been running from the spot for the past one year.
Veer had been working with the owner for the past eight years.
"The factory doesn't have permission from the Haryana State Pollution Control Board (HSPCB). We have informed the Panchkula SDM that the factory had not taken any permission from us," said JP Singh, regional officer, HSPCB.
"We are inquiring into the accident. We have called for relevant documents from the departments concerned regarding the factory. It will take a few days to complete the inquiry," said Panchkula SDM Sharandeep Brar. Factory owner Raj Kumar said, "It was an accident. We will give compensation to the victims."
On being asked about the clearance from the pollution control board, he replied, "I don't manage the factory affairs, but we must have taken the clearance."
Not the first time
A similar accident had taken place on November 7, 2011. A worker had got critically injured, following a boiler blast in Industrial Area, Phase 2, Panchkula. Later, he succumbed to his burn injuries.
Boilers directed to get themselves registered
Meanwhile, the Haryana industries and commerce department has issued a press note, directing boiler owners to get their boilers registered as their registration and inspection are mandatory under the Boilers Act, 1923, before putting them in operation.
Stating this here on Thursday, a spokesman for the department said it would be the sole responsibility of the boiler owner to run the boiler after getting it registered, inspected and certified by the boiler inspectorate or authorised inspecting authority as per the provisions of the Boilers Act. Only those boilers will be registered and certified, which are manufactured as per the Indian Boilers Regulations, 1950. In case of any mishap or accident, the boiler owners or users will be responsible and they will be prosecuted under the provisions of the Boilers Act, 1923.