29 year old Thyagarajan, a junior engineer, working as a maintenance lead at Renault Nissan plant at Oragadam died in a tragic accident on 6th Jan. He was checking machines at the power train section that assembles the engine. While the reasons leading to the accident are not clear, sources indicate that he was crushed by a hydraulic press. Following the incident, workers said that they were asked to leave the factory immediately. They also mentioned that the factory will remain closed tomorrow pending a safety review.
A qualified mechanical engineer, he was a permanent employee with the company for the past several years. “He was to be married in about a month” said his relative. His relatives complained that the company did not inform the family immediately and only reached them three hours after the incident had occurred. They also complained that the general hospital in Chromepet was not conducting an autopsy due to delays by police. They however maintained that a case has been filed with the police at Oragadam.
This is the third major accident in the past 6 months in the major auto manufacturing companies in this region . Recently a casual worker died in another incident in Hyundai Motor India factory at Irungattukottai near Chennai. An apprentice was injured in the Hyundai plant with in a span one month. The spate of such accidents reveal the poor safety protocols and lack of monitoring by state agencies. Given the dilution of inspection powers for factory inspectors, the risk of fatal accidents shall only increase.
They company officials did not respond to our calls. A statement was shared by the company among the workers.