Cochin Shipyard Tragedy: Acetylene Leak led to Blast which Killed 5 Workers

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A preliminary investigation by the police into the blast on board a driller ship at the Cochin Shipyard on Wednesday attributed the accident to gas leakage.

PP Shams, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP), Thrikkakara, and a team of experts from the Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL), Thiruvananthapuram, on Wednesday visited the accident site and collected evidence.

“Preliminary investigations pointed to leakage of acetylene leading to the blast, but further investigation is required to ascertain how the leakage occurred and whether it was a case of human error or not,” he said.

The ACP is slated to complete the investigation in the next couple of days and a detailed report on the accident will be submitted before the additional chief judicial magistrate court, Ernakulam. According to the official, the report will also incorporate findings of the FSL team.

The police have registered a case of unnatural death in connection with the blast, in which five persons were killed.

Meanwhile, official sources pointed to a delay by the Cochin Shipyard Limited in reporting the incident to the police. “The department was alerted about the accident only around 10.30 am, about an hour after the accident, when the victims were taken to the hospital,” they said.

Fire and rescue department officials also maintained that they had come to know about the blast from TV news channels.

(Source: The Hindu)

Sea News, February 15