Industrial accidents have come down: Official

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Tiruchirapalli, Sep 8(UNI) The spate of industrial accidents in Tamil Nadu had come down considerably due to industrial safety measures adopted by the Inspectorate of Factories and others concerned, according to Mr P P Janarthanam, Joint Chief Inspector of Factories, Government of Tamil Nadu.

Inaugarating a two-day workshop on safety in fabrication industries jointly organised by BHEL and others here today, he said the Union Government had declared 2008 as the "Year for Occupational Safety and Health." Thanking BHEL, he said the city had now become the Fabrication City and BHEL was duty-bound to the Tamil Nadu Government to ensure adequate protection to the employees working in industries.

In his presidential address,BHEL General Manager/Outsourcing A Chandrababu said his company had an annual physical turnover of five lakh tonne of materials and another three lakh tonne through outsourcing which might go up to five to seven lakh tonne in future.

Under such circumstances, the industrial safety, especially in the fabrication sector, was highly important.

He claimed in India 1.50 crore people lost their lives every year due to industrial accidents. At least 70 per cent of industrial accidents could be prevented if the employers as well employees strictly followed the safety measures.

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