Mangalore, June 3: The regional labour commissioner (central), Bangalore, will hold an enquiry into the May 26 blast at the site of Indian Strategic Petroleum Reserves Limited (ISPRL), Chandrahas Nagar, Permude near here. The official has sought a preliminary enquiry report on the blast from labour enforcement officer (central) here, based on which notices would be issued to ISPRL, the principal employer and SKEC-KCT, contractor executing the work for ISPRL.
K V Subramanian, regional labour commissioner (central) visited the city on Thursday to enquire into a freak accident at ISPRL site which killed Narayan Singh, a labourer from Uttar Pradesh on May 14. As per rule 210 of The Building and Other Construction Workers (Regulation of Employment and Conditions of Service) Act, 1996, the regional labour commissioner is the designated authority to enquire in to incidents at work sites.
Asserting that his visit to ISPRL site on Thursday was to enquire in to the May 14 accident, Subramanian said he would issue notices to ISPRL, and SKEC-KCT about the blast after obtaining a report from designated officers the labour enforcement officer or assistant labour commissioner (central). The notice informs parties concerned about date of inquiry and gives them adequate time to frame their reply and present evidence, he said.
KIN TO GET COMPENSATION
SKEC-KCT in a press statement here on Thursday stated that the company has announced to pay full compensation to the next of kin of the persons who died in the blast. The company is taking care of the four persons injured in the best hospital in the state in Bangalore and are accompanied by the company staff on full time duty to ensure best and timely treatment. The families of the injured too are with their wards, the statement maintains.
In a related development, DC N S Channappa Gowda said district administration has received reply from the company to notice served on it following the incident. The company has paid compensation of Rs 7 lakh to next of kin of B A Sirajuddin, safety supervisor from Katipalla over and above statutory payment made in case of such incidents. The company has mentioned about safety measures undertaken to prevent recurrence of such incidents, he said.