Bhubaneswar, Dec 11 (LocalWire): The state has witnessed a substantial 75 percent drop in fatal chemical accidents in hazardous industries in the last decade, according to statistics reeled out by the State Crisis Management Group.
‘The state is home to 4490 factories and 2497 boilers. Out of them, 35 factories spread across 13 districts are categorized as highly hazardous and accident-prone units.
Besides, around 545 factories have also adopted hazardous practices in the process of production,’ Labour Commissioner and Director Boiler & Factories, Niranjan Sahu, said adding that the chemical accidents generally occur because of fire, explosion and toxic release.
The rate of mishaps in factories has, however, dropped over the years.
While 121 fatal accidents were registered in 2010, the figure came down to 78 in 2012.
Only 31 fatal accidents in factories and boilers were recorded in the current financial year till 30 November.
Meanwhile, the government decided to bring up Emergency Response Centers at the Directorate of Fire Services for prompt response to meet with crisis situation.