Workers, foremen and managers in fireworks industry should strictly follow safety norms to avoid accidents, said T. R. Thomas, Chief Controller of Explosives, Petroleum and Explosives Safety Organisation, Nagpur.

Speaking at a two-day function organised by the Department of Mechanical Engineering of Mepco Schlenk Engineering College near Sivakasi, on Saturday and Sunday, under the auspices of Technology, Information, Forecasting and Assessment Council (TIFAC)-Centre of Relevance and Excellence (CORE) in industrial safety on, he asked them not to try new combination of chemicals; not to increase manpower limit or quantum of chemicals, not to do anything outside sheds and not to reduce the distance between sheds.

“If these five principles are followed, then 95 per cent of accidents could be averted,” he said and warned them against undertaking experiments at manufacturing units. Asking fireworks units to install a system to warn changes in humidity and temperature at the working spot, he said that blatant violations of guidelines had led to the major accident in Sivakasi recently.

The Chief Controller of Explosives voiced concern over skeletal staff in Fireworks Research and Development Centre (FRDC). There was no improvement in the strength of staff in proportion to the increase in the number of fireworks units.

S. Ismail, Joint Chief Inspector of Factories, urged the safety officers to create an accident-free atmosphere. Since there were only a few officers to inspect 800 units, the enquiry commission had recommended appointment of more staff, he added.

S. Sargunaraman, Joint Chief Controller of Explosives, Petroleum and Explosives Safety Organisation, pointed out that there was a race between units in making more products and new varieties but at the cost of safety.


  • It was pointed out that there were only a few officers to inspect 800 units

  • Stress was also laid on mechanisation of units that could reduce accidents


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