The incident brought under control in just 15 minutes
Mock drills are conducted to test the vigilance, activeness and rescue operations of the safety department of government agencies and industrial units. A similar test was conducted at Reliance Industries at Nandesari, Vadodara on Thursday.
The mock drill was successfully carried out with immediate response from government agencies including fire, health, police for the event of propylene gas leakage from the tanker. The entire exercise was conducted under the guidance and supervision of Province Officer Rajesh Thummar.
The gas leak from the tanker in this mock drill was successfully contained in just 15 minutes. The exercise involved two people rescued from the gas leak and moved to the medical facility. All clear signal was given after the whole situation comes under control.
A medical team equipped with state-of-the-art equipment including PPE suit, breathing aperatus for human rescue reached the spot and carried out rescue operations. In addition water curtains, fire tenders were used to prevent the gas from spreading into the atmosphere.
A nearby petrol pump and equipment on a public road were shut down due to a leak of propylene gas, which is dangerous to human life. The action was taken as not to adversely affect the health of others around and thus, all kinds of risks were avoided.
“Government agencies including fire, police, GPCB responded effectively to the mock drill of propylene gas leakage from a tanker in Reliance Industries and the gas leakage incident was brought under control in a short time,” said Provincial officer Rajesh Thummar. In this entire local resource was used with the important cooperation from the safety department of the nearby industrial units.
He further added that especially in this industrial pocket where hazardous chemical and gas manufacturing activities are rampant, in case of any major mishap, the resources of the safety department of the surrounding industrial units and government agencies have to be utilized. It is then necessary to test them periodically and today’s exercise is the example of it.
HP Parmar, Assistant Director, Industrial Safety and Health, Vadodara said, that the state’s labour and employment department is celebrating safety month from August 15 to September 15 to reduce industrial accidents.
As part of which, a mock drill was held at Reliance Industries today to assess the situation of propylene gas leakage from the tanker. The entire situation was brought under control in just 15 minutes and the district administration as well as disaster control room were informed of the all clear.
Mamlatdar Y.R. Gosai, M.U. Patel of GPCB, officials of the Industries Association and officials and employees of the Safety Department of nearby industrial units were present during the mockdrill.