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Tension over Labourer's Death

Employees stopped work for six hours demanding compensation for the kin of Soren

Published: 05th July 2015 05:21 AM  |   Last Updated: 05th July 2015 05:21 AM   |  A+A-

ANGUL/DHENKANAL:Tension prevailed in the Bhusan Steel Plant at Dhenkanal after death of a worker inside the plant premises on Saturday.

The deceased, Thomas Soren (29) of Jharkhand, was a doorman at the Coke Oven in the plant. He was working near the Coke Oven 1 when the door of the facility accidentally hit him. He sustained critical injuries and was rushed to a private hospital nearby.

Soren was  being shifted to SCB Medical at Cuttack from the private hospital when he succumbed. He had joined the plant in May as a contractual labourer.

As news of the death reached the plant, the irate workers stopped work for six hours at the plant site demanding compensation for family members of Soren.

The agitators were pacified after the company management and the contract agency that had employed Soren, agreed to immediately release `two lakh as compensation.

It was also agreed that kin of the deceased would receive `10 lakh under the Workman Compensation Act and one of Soren’s family members will get employment in the plant.

This is the third accident in the Bhusan Steel Plant this year.

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