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NLC Blames it on Engineer’s Negligence

A high-level technical committee, constituted by the NLC management, has found that the reason behind the May 20 explosion in the thermal power station was human error — an engineer in the control board operation.

Published: 31st May 2014 10:45 AM  |   Last Updated: 31st May 2014 10:45 AM   |  A+A-

CUDDALORE:  A high-level technical committee, constituted by the NLC management, has found that the reason behind the May 20 explosion in the thermal power station was human error — an engineer in the control board operation.

The NLC clarified that the accident was not due to unsafe condition of any equipment in the unit. The management had placed the engineer under suspension,  pending further enquiry.

As per the statement released by NLC on Friday, the technical committee, under the chairmanship of executive director (Thermal) analysed the causes that led to the fatal accident, killing two while injuring four others.

“The committee reviewed all documents and also enquired the executives connected with the operation and maintenance of the unit of the factory.

According to a source in NLC, Velusamy, the engineer in the control board operation, has been suspended. 

In the accident that occurred at Thermal Power Station - I on May 20, R Selvaraju, chief manager (mechanical) had died and five others were injured. Among the injured, Sivalingam, contractor, succumbed to injuries at hospital on May 28.

Relief and compensation would be provided to the family of the deceased Selvaraju as per the rules and schemes of the company and other statutory provisions. On humanitarian grounds, NLC management has declared an ex-gratia of `2.5 lakh and `50,000 to meet funeral expenses, to the family of contractor Sivalingam who succumbed to

injuries. Another engineer Krishnamurthy (58), who had been under treatment, also died on Friday.

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