Akhilesh Singh Sahai (24) and Ramesh Gorai (23) were killed after a metal object fell on them while they were cleaning boiler no.1 in the 1,200 Megawatt (MW) power plant, police sources said. Arpan Mathai (32) and Radheshyam Kumar (26), the other two workers who were also carrying out the maintenance work, were seriously injured in the accident. The incident took place at around 10:45 am, Jam Khambhaliya DySP KS Bharai told The Indian Express over phone.
Out of the two boilers of Essar Powers Salaya plant, one was under routine maintenance. There was an incident leading to fatality of two contractual workers and injury to another one, who were then rushed to the hospital. We are investigating the cause of incidence... The second boiler is operating normally, Essar Power said in a release.
An Essar officer said that after the accident, the workers were rushed to Sir GG Hospital where Sahai and Gorai succumbed to their injuries during treatment. While Essar Power claimed only one worker was injured, police and sub divisional magistrate (SDM) of Jam Khambhaliya, Gaurav Dahia said the number of injured was two.
"We have been told by the company officials that four workers were doing the maintenance work when the accident took place. A case under Indian Penal Code Section 304A (causing death by negligence) has been registered and police and forensic science experts are investigating the incident, SDM Dahia said.
The Salaya plant is located near the Vadinar refinery complex of Essar Oil. The coal-fired plant has two units of 600 MW generation capacity each. The plant had started commercial operations in April 2012.