Ac­ci­dent at Vizag ship­yard


An ac­ci­dent oc­curred re­cently while Larsen & Toubro, an in­dus­trial part­ner, was un­der­tak­ing prepara­tory ac­tiv­i­ties of hy­dro pres­sure test of a tank in­side a build­ing at the Ship Build­ing Cen­tre, Visakha­p­at­nam. The test of the com­po­nent was part of the stan­dard in­dus­trial process be­ing car­ried out by the in­dus­trial part­ner at the fa­cil­ity.

The ac­ci­dent led to the un­for­tu­nate death of a worker and in­jury to two other work­ers of Larsen & Toubro. Im­me­di­ate med­i­cal at­ten­tion was pro­vided and the in­jured work­ers are now sta­ble. No de­fence per­son­nel was in­volved in the ac­ci­dent. The ac­ci­dent is in no way re­lated with any nu­clear-re­lated ac­tiv­ity.

A re­lease said that the sub­marines are safe and the ac­ci­dent does not ad­versely af­fect the project ac­tiv­i­ties or the ac­tiv­i­ties of In­dian Navy or the De­fence Re­search and De­vel­op­ment Or­gan­i­sa­tion. Work re­lated to the pres­sure sys­tem in­volved in ac­ci­dent has been sus­pended till the cause is es­tab­lished and mit­i­gat­ing mea­sures are put in place. An in­quiry has been or­dered by the Depart­ment of De­fence R&D to in­ves­ti­gate the ac­ci­dent.

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