Seven workers died and 11 others were on Tuesday hospitalised following exposure to noxious gas in an effluent treatment plant of a textile mill in the SIPCOT industrial centre at Perundurai near here.
The KPR Mill, owned by K P Ramasamy of Coimbatore, was into processing and dyeing of cloth and sending it to various markets. Around 400 workers were working in three shifts in the plant and many stay in the facility itself.
“The accident happened today morning at KPR Mill’s dyeing unit. A person went into a tank to check a motor that was not functioning. He fainted immediately. Others rushed to save him. It seems there was some poisonous gas inside the tank and all of them lost their lives,” said a police officer.
The dead were identified as: supervisor Madankumar (22) a machinist from Chennimalai, Anandakumar (31) of Kavundapadi, storekeeper Murugan (34) of Eengur, office assistant Sudhakar (28) of Chennimalai, Sasikumar (22) of Uthangarai, Jhupasarki (34) and Yubasakthi (20) both from Nepal. Those who fell unconscious were: Gnanasekaran (44) of Perundurai, Ramesh (25) and Bubathi (30), both belonging to Kavundapadi, Vijakaruppan (30), Suresh (25), Bavani, Bubathiraja (25) of Omalur, Pormallan (30) of Edapadi, Yogu (23) and Jones 31 of Thoothukudi.
The bodies were sent to the Perundurai GH and then shifted to the Erode GH for autopsy, while the injured persons were moved to a private hospital at Perundurai where their condition was said to be stable after treatment.