TWENTY ONE workers suffered burn injuries on 20-04-2016 as hot water "splashed" on them while restarting a unit of Adani Power's thermal plant at Mundra in Kutch district.
Police said the incident took place at around 11.15 am when one of the nine units of the ultra-mega power plant was being restarted after a two-day shutdown. The incident took plat at Unit VI of the plant.
"Today, during start-up, after two day's shut down, in one of the nine units of Mundra Power plant, hot water splashed from the vent of a flash tank. During the start up some steam is normally allowed to vent. During this process 21 workmen working in the said unit have been affected by the splashing of hot water, the unit has been shut down (sic)," Adani Power said said in an official release.
The Mundra plant has an installed generation capacity of 4,620 megawatt (MW). The plant has five units with generation capacity of 660 MW each, and four units with generation capacity of 330 MW.
The injured were rushed to Adani Hospital in Mundra for treatment. "Eight workmen with nominal injuries have been provided first aid and released; balance 13 workmen who have suffered various levels of injuries are being provided high quality medical care by moving them to premier super-speciality hospitals in Ahmedabad which have capabilities to take best care of the workmen affected," the release further said.
Police personnel were deployed at the plant and the hospital in Mundra to prevent any untoward incident, Inspector Devendrasinh Rana told The Indian Express. "We have started investigation into the incident. However, no formal complaint has been received, so far."
The company said that it had constituted a multi-disciplinary, cross-functional team of experts to investigate the incident and asked it to submit report in 10 days.