Industrial safety remains a pressing concern in India where 1,660 people died in factory or machine-related accidents between 2013 and 2016, according to an article from DNA. An additional 4,045 people reportedly received fatal injuries in Indian factories during the same time period. Just last week, a boiler explosion at the state-run NTPC energy company is said to have killed 29 people and left several others critically injured.
According to DNA, several laws govern the safety of factory workers in India including the Factories Act 1948, Disaster Management Act 2005 and Petroleum Act 1934, Explosives Act 1884. Despite the existence of industry-specific rules and regulations, their real-life implementation is inconsistent say occupational safety industry advocates. Satish Sinha, associate director, Toxics Link, a non-profit advocacy group working on safe use and disposal of toxic substances, says, There is a gap when it comes to occupational safety issues and awareness on occupational hazards.”
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