Sunday, March 9, 2014

Accident Outside Nuclear Submarine-Aridaman , In Vishakhapatnam Kills Contractual Worker , Inquiry Ordered

During testing of a pressure tank at a facility of Department of Defence R&D related to develpment of submarines at Vishakhapatnam, an accident took place (outside the submarine), at about 5 pm in the evening. One person, a contractual worker lost his life in the accident. Two others were injured and are under treatment.

The submarines are safe, and the accident does not adversely impact the project.

An inquiry has been ordered.

Ministry of Defence Statement :

An accident occurred last evening while M/s L&T, an industrial partner, was undertaking preparatory activities of Hydro Pressure Test of a tank inside a building at the Ship Building Centre, Visakhapatnam.
The test of the component was part of the standard industrial process being carried out by the industrial partner at the facility.

The accident led to the unfortunate death of a worker and injury to two other workers of M/s Larsen & Toubro.  Immediate medical attention was provided and the injured workers are now stable.
No defence personnel were involved in the accident. The accident is in no way related with any Nuclear related activity.

The submarines are safe and the accident does not adversely affect the project activities or the activities of Indian Navy or DRDO.

Work related to the pressure system involved in accident has been suspended till the cause is established and mitigating measures are put in place.

An inquiry has been ordered by the Department of Defence R&D to investigate the accident.

Photo : INS Arihant

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