Hyderabad: A poisonous gas leak at a steel factory owned by a Brazilian company killed six workers at Tadipatri in Andhra Pradesh’s Anantapur district on Thursday evening.
The gas leak was detected at 5.30 pm at the Gerdau Steel India Ltd factory on the outskirts of the town, police said. The plant’s owner Gerdau SA is based in Sao Paolo and is one of the largest steel manufacturers in the Americas.
“Some poisonous gas seems to have leaked from the plant accidentally, choking the workers who were close to the furnace. The exact nature of the gas and the reasons for the leakage are yet to be ascertained. We are now focussing on shifting the dead to the hospital for post-mortem,” sub-inspector Ramakrishna Reddy said.
The workers who died were identified as B Ranganath (21), K Manoj Kumar (24), U Gangadhar (37), S A Wasim Basha (39), K Shiva Maddileti alias Lingaiah (26) and Guruvaiah (40).
Five others suffered serious health complications and were admitted to a local hospital. Two of them are said to be in a critical condition. “The plant was closed immediately and an emergency squad was pressed into service to stem the leakage,” the officer said.