MAPUSA: Three workers were seriously injured in a blast at a cement block manufacturing factory at Tuem Industrial Estate in Pernem taluka, on Saturday. The estimated loss in the incident is reportedly around Rs 25 lakh and nine were working at the time of blast.
The blast took place at around 12.15 pm and led to a fire in the unit. Three workers are said to be in a critical condition while the rest suffered minor injuries. The boiler operator from Pernem, Akhil Naik is one of those seriously injured while boiler helper, Ajit Neke and worker Ramjan Ali have all been shifted to Goa Medical College, Bambolim.
Pernem Police Inspector Sandesh Chodankar said that the three workers who suffered injuries in the blast were admitted at Goa Medical College, Bambolim.
“The incident took place in plot no 12 of the Tuem Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) belonging to Rajendra Joshi. Three of the workers are undergoing treatment,” he said.
Personnel from the Pernem Fire Station rushed to the spot and extinguished the blaze. The reason of the blast in the cement factory was not known. However, the owner and management of the factory were booked for the offence of endangering human life and negligence.
The estimated loss due to the blast is reportedly Rs 25 lakh which includes damage to the part structure of the factory, a car, a truck, water tank, and machinery. An adjacent factory too has suffered some damage due to impact of the blast.
The Pernem Police have registered an offence against the owner and the management under Sections 337, 338, 427 of the Indian Penal Code.