Bhilai, India– On 9th Oct, 2018 a huge explosion took place at the Bhilai Steel Plant in Chattisgarh State, India during a maintenance operation on a gas pipeline. The plant is owned by the Steel Authority of India (SAIL), which is owned by the government. The accident resulted in several fatalities and injuries. (Upto now 13 fatalities have been reported and several injured). The cause of the accident has not been clear so far.
On the next day, 10th Oct 2018, the government authorities fired the CEO as he was held ultimately responsible for the accident. Along with him, two other senior officials were also fired. India’s Union Steel Minister Chaudhary Birender Singh announced that two committees, an internal committee of SAIL and another outside one appointed by the Steel ministry will conduct a independent probes into the incident.
Perhaps this is one of the few industrial accidents where the top boss has been fired. This is a new trend, showing zero tolerance by the authorities for industrial accidents. Hopefully in future, this trend of holding the top bosses responsible should make workplaces safer?