2 work­ers killed in Pudukot­tai quarry blast

An ex­plo­sive, used to break down rocks, blew up when a team was check­ing it

The New Indian Express - - TAMIL NADU -

TWO per­sons were killed when ex­plo­sives used to blast rocks at a quarry in Muththu­dayaan­patti went off on Thurs­day. The mother of one of the vic­tims died of shock on Fri­day.

Ac­cord­ing to po­lice, on Wed­nes­day, ex­plo­sives were set to break down rocks at the quarry owned by one R Muthuswamy. It was said that some of the ex­plo­sives did not blow up. On Thurs­day, when a team of labour­ers in­clud­ing su­per­vi­sor Aru­mugam (50) and a labourer Palanivel

(60) were check­ing them, one of the ex­plo­sives went off killing Aru­mugam on the spot. Four other se­ri­ously in­jured in­clud­ing Palanivel (60) were taken to hos­pi­tal, where Palanivel suc­cumbed on Fri­day. The in­jured have been iden­ti­fied as Shan­mugam (34), Gane­shan (40) and Srini­vasan (33).

On Fri­day morn­ing, Aru­mugam’s mother Theerthayee Am­mal died at her res­i­dence in Muththu­dayaan­patti when she was mourn­ing the loss of her son.

A so­cial ac­tivist based in Pudukkot­tai V N Thi­nakaran said, “In quar­ries, the work­ers aren’t prop­erly trained and are given no safety equip­ment like hel­mets, boots and pro­tec­tive vests as such things cost a lot of time and money. They di­rectly de­ploy the work­ers in the dan­ger­ous work en­vi­ron­ment.” “The same is the case with this [Muththu­dayaan­patti] quarry as well. It is high time that all the quar­ries in Pudukkot­tai are in­spected like it was done in Madu­rai,” he added.

The work­ers at the quarry aren’t prop­erly trained and are given no safety equip­ment like hel­mets, boots and pro­tec­tive vests as such things cost a lot of time and money.

A so­cial ac­tivist

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