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Industrial deaths.....

This relates to an industrial accident in one of Dalmia Cements factory in Tamil Nadu that claimed atleast 13 lives some weeks ago. Many would think an accident of this scale would have attracted media attention. Sadly, it was not so. I came to know of this incident while reading a report (dated August 13, 2005) in The Hindu titled, " Tytler better than insensitive persons, says Karunanidhi" in which the DMK chief demanded enquiry into the industrial accident. I said to myself how is that I missed reading a news of this magnitude. (I regularly scan news in The Hindu and Business Standard). When I searched different financial news media, to my disappointment I could not find any news article except two reports that possibly appeared in the Madurai edition of The Hindu. Apparently, the accident took place in the last week of May and it claimed 13 lives.
The four financial newspapers in India which actively fight to get news of expansion, delays in projects, new launch of cars did not even carry a single report on this accident.
There are many questions which are still not answered. What caused this accident? Did the company comply with safety regulations? Who is enquiring into this accident? Are the enquirers competent to carry out the enquiry?
It would be great if the media takes interest in carrying out an investigation to find out the truths, as this would atleast ensure that there is information in the public domain to prevent such accidents in future. Any takers?? I am quite pessimestic given the 'busy' schedule of reporters.
(I could be possibly wrong in my conclusion that the english media did not cover this event properly as I dont have access to print editions. I rely entirely on the web to read the news. There could be some news reports that appeared in print editions but not in web pages)


Anonymous said…
Having recently suffered an injury due to an accident at work I am considering my options, due to the injury I have been unable to work and have not been receiving sick pay, does my boss have an option to pay me or is it dependent on circumstance? I can’t afford not to have money coming in but can’t work should I sue him or do I need a legal professional to speak to him for me? I have seen all those adverts on television about industrial accidents and people for silly amounts of money, am I entitled to a claim, I don’t want to post personal details but I was working away and fell off something because the support wasn’t secure and broke and I have injured myself!

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