Death at ONGC Mehsana asset in rig accident

Vol 22, PW 9 (21 Feb 19) People & Policy

You'd be forgiven for thinking ONGC doesn't take the lives of its contractors seriously.

How else to explain another serious accident at its Mehsana asset on February 6? This time a 26-year old contract worker Krunal Prajapati was crushed to death in the afternoon on the outskirts of Alampur village in Kadi at the Linch ML, about 25-km away from the ONGC Mehsana headquarters. A police sub-inspector at the Nandasan police station tells us Prajapati, who has been working as a 'helper' for five years, was hit by a large iron column dropped by a crane during the movement of ONGC drilling rig E-760-18.

Prajapati was standing near the column when the crane lost its grip. "He was hit above the stomach," our police source adds.

Prajapati was rushed to the Lions General Hospital in Mehsana in critical condition but doctors could not save him. "He lost his life because of a rupture to his liver" we are told.

"His ribcage was crushed." An ONGC source adds Prajapati was working for a crane operator, who our police source names as Samarth Lifters, which states on its website it has a contract for oil rig shifting services on a turnkey basis at Ahmedabad and Mehsana.

When asked about compensation to Prajapati's family, ONGC said: "ONGC is not liable to provide compensation; Krunal is not an ONGC employee. We are awaiting confirmation on this".

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