Industrial Safety

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Fire in Ambattur Estate printing unit

|Blaze put out after a three-hour battle |

— Photo: K.Pichumani
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FIERY DAY: The packaging unit at Ambattur Industrial Estate where a fire broke out on Sunday. CHENNAI: A major fire in a printing and packaging unit at Ambattur Industrial Estate was put out after nearly three hours on Sunday morning. According to fire and rescue service personnel, the fire broke out at the unit on 2nd Main Road after a live high tension wire running over it was severed and fell on the road, reportedly causing a short circuit. Following the call received around 8.45 a.m., ten fire tenders, including two foam tenders, were sent to fight the fire. About 60 fire and rescue service personnel battled hard till 11.30 a.m. to douse the flames. According to the Divisional Fire Officer V.Vijaykumar, who supervised the operations, apart from water, the fire and rescue service personnel used sand and foam to put out the fire. “We also ensured that the fire didn’t spread to the diesel bunk situated nearby”, he said.

Though several inflammable and raw materials were gutted, the accident did not result in any casualty since it was a holiday for the unit. Traffic on the road was disrupted for about four hours until the severed high tension wire was fixed. Members of the Ambattur Industrial Estate Manufacturers’ Association complained that about inadequate foam stored in the nearby fire stations to douse such fire accidents in the estate. Such fire accidents also underline the need for fire safety equipment in the industrial units. The Ambattur municipal chairman K.N.Sekar and Ambattur Tahsildar Padmaja Devi visited the accident spot. The total loss was not known immediately. The police are investigating.

Swot analysis

Strength:
Since it is holiday for the unit no life loss occurred it reduces workmen’s compensation, insurance rates and all other direct and indirect costs of accidents. Thus the industry prevents loss of life, permanent disability and the loss of income of worker by accident.

Weakness:

Industry lack safety inspector to check the safety of the industry and no proper fire safety equipments to fight with fire at initial stage.

Thus the industry lack of safety audit, safety survey, safety inspection, safety tour and safety sampling.

Across the industry and commerce there are a multiplicity of safety inspection procedures, each developed to identify the cause and hazard within a particular business. However they do fall into a number of broad categories. Following are various procedures for the safety

Safety audit

A safety audit subjects each area of a company’s activity to a systematic critical examination with the object of minimizing loss. Every component of the total system is included. For example
Management policy, attitudes training, features of the process and of the design, layout and construction of the plant, operating procedures, emergency plans, personal protection standards, accident record etc.

Safety survey

A safety survey is a detailed examination in depth of a narrower field of activity.

For example
Major Key areas revealed by safety audits, individual plans and procedures, or specific problems common to a works as a whole. These surveys arefollowed by formal report, action plan and subsequent monitoring.

Safety inspection
A routine scheduled inspection of a unit or department, which may be carried out by someone (may be a safety representative) from within the unit, possibly accompanied by the safety advisor. The inspection would check maintenance standards, employee involvement, working practices, fire precaution, use of guards and adherence to safe working procedures etc, and be more immediate than the wide-reaching or in-depth approach taken by...
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