Dear All,

Today accident happens at Nagarjuna Agri Chems Plant

Srikakulam (AP), June 30: At least 17 workers were today injured, five of them seriously, in a major fire that broke out reportedly following a blast at the Nagarjuna Agrichem plant in Andhra Pradesh’s Srikakulam district, police said.

“According to the initial reports there was a cylinder blast which triggered the blaze,” Srikakulam Deputy SP, Mr Arjun, said without elaborating.

According to sources, around 200 workers were present at the time of the accident.

All the injured have been admitted to the Srikakulam-based Rajiv Institute of Medical Sciences, officials said.

Five fire engines were rushed to the spot to douse the fire, which is still raging.

However, senior district officials refused to comment saying they were investigating what could have triggered the fire at the plant situated at Arinam Akkivalasa village this morning.

Nagarjuna Agrichem is a unit of Nagarjuna Fertilisers and Chemicals.

Meanwhile, as a precautionary measure, the district authorities have started evacuating people from at least five villages, including Arinam Akkivalasa, Kesavarayuni Peta, Rayapadu, Boddapadu, situated in the vicinity of the site.

Top district officials, including District Collector, Mr G. Venkatram Reddy, Joint Collector, Mr P. Bhasker, and SP Mr K. V. V. Gopala, are monitoring the operations.


Suresh Kumar

From India, Hyderabad
Safety Consultant
Raghuvaran Chakkaravarthy
Environmental, Health And Safety
Agm Ehs And Project Management
+4 Others


Dear Suresh Kumar
Thanks for sharing the news with us...
Really horrible and a sad news...
Hopefully the management of M/s. Nagarjuna Agri Chem will take precautionary measures in future to prevent such type of accidents...

From India
raghuvaran chakkaravarthy

Dear Suresh,
Specially in 2012 i heard lot of cylinder blast accidents in India. I think big disaster waiting to happen in India may it will break our previous records. Please guys make sure take proper precaution in your work area.
''Prevention is better than cure''.
Thanks for sharing a news with us.

From United States, Fpo

It is sad that it happened close on the heels of blast in vizag steel plant, claiming workers lives. Safety shall b e the top priority. B.Saikumar Mumbai
From India, Mumbai

Dear All,
We all know the safety requirements to be taken while handling compressed gas cylinders.
The compressed gas cylinders which have pressure up to 200 kg/sqcm have a huge potential energy. In can act as a bomb if not mis-handled.
The precautions include
1. Store fuel gases and other gases separate.
2. Ensure safety cap is provided
3. Identify the gas cylinder with proper labels and color
4. The shifting is to be done on trolleys.
5. These are to always stored in vertical position
We have mitigated one such case in Nasik.
I shall try to upload video with the permission of the owner of the company.
Thanks & Regards,

From India, Nasik
Dear all
Whenever we are taking delivery of LPG cylinder in Factory or our residence check its expiry date, every cylinder having expiry of its body shell (HPT) and some time company supply expiry cylinders also. On every cylinder on its stem expiry date mentioned as like under:
A - 12
B - 12
C - 12
D - 12
A denote first quarter i.e. January to March
B denote second quarter i.e. April to June
C denote third quarter i.e. Jul to Sept
D denote fourth quarter i.e. Oct to Dec
& number denote year.
for example any cylinder having date like A-12 its mean it can not be used after March 12.
Hence please be careful at the time of taking LPG cylinders.
Alim Khan
Manager Human Resource

From India, Nagpur

Dear All, Please give technical reason why empty and filled cylinders kept seprately. Regards, Ajay Gupta
From India, Hyderabad
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