New Delhi: Three workers died and three others were injured after an air-conditioner compressor exploded at a factory in Maharashtra’s Raigad district on Wednesday evening, news agency PTI reported.
According to the report, a group of workers was repairing an air conditioner at the Rashtriya Chemicals and Fertilisers (RCF) plant at Thal in Alibag, located about 100km from Mumbai, when a blast occurred in the AC compressor suddenly around 4.45 pm.
According to the public sector company, the incident took place when an AC was being installed at the plant by a third-party vendor and an inquiry has been launched to ascertain the exact cause of the explosion.
“Three labourers died, while three others were injured in the incident. Further investigation was underway and we will register a case at the Alibag police station,” PTI quoted Somnath Gharge, Superintendent of Police of Raigad district as saying. The injured were admitted to a local hospital, he added.
The workers who died have been identified as Ankit Sharma (27), Faizal Saikh (32) and Dilshad Idrasi (29).
According to a PTI source from RCF, they had procured a 1.5 ton package AC from M/s Airezo Global for the factory unit. While installing this unit, a blast took place in which three persons suffered fatal injuries, while three others were injured.
The injured persons, identified as Sazid Siddiqui, Jintendra Sherke and Atinder, were later shifted to hospitals in Mumbai and Navi Mumbai for further treatment, said the RCF source.
According to the report, of the injured workers, one suffered 60 per cent burns and was admitted to National Burns Centre at Airoli in Navi Mumbai, while the other two sustained hand and head injuries and were shifted to Fortis Hospital in Mumbai.
The inquiry report is expected to be submitted in two to three days, the RCF source further said.