14-10-2003, at 9.05 p.m., in Nitro Phosphate Complex,
Ammonia Nitro Phosphate and Calcium Ammonium Nitrate
Plant, at tanker filling place, an explosion took
place. 31 workers were injured during the incident.
Out of them 4 workers were sent in Hospital, for further
treatment and 7 workers received treatment in the
Company's Hospital. 20 workers were discharged from
Company's Hospital after first aid treatment.
Company is manufacturing fertilizers like Ammonium
Nitro Phosphate and Calcium Ammonium Nitrate by using
raw materials like Rock, Phosphate, Nitric Acid and
Ammonia. Ammonium nitrate is used as intermediate
and is also directly sold on 14-10-2003, at 9.05 p.m.,
in Nitro Phosphate Complex, Ammonia Nitro Phosphate
and Calcium Ammonium Nitrate Plant, at tanker filling
place, an explosion took place. And due to that material
handing system and structure of plant was badly damaged.
Surroundings of this plant like the Concentrated Nitric
Acid Plant-1 and II's Glasslined Vessel and structure,
Rock Phosphate Sylo, Nitor Plant's ETP Plant Building,
Acitic Acid Plant's Compressor House and its sheets,
Nitric Acid filling plant and its cement sheets, Cooling
Tower, False Ceiling of Nitro Laboratory, False ceiling
of Control Room of Nitro Phosphate plant and its glass
& windows were badly damaged.
The tanker which has come from outside to fill up
Ammonium Nitrate also found totally damaged. Truck
Axel was found 200 mtrs. Away near Nitro ETP plant.
Cause of accident is improper cleaning of tanker before
filling ammonium nitrate.
Action taken for non-repetition of such incidents:
(1) Before filling tanker, washing & cleaning
should be carried out only by company.
And dedicated Tanker Procedure to be adopted as far
(2) Tanker filling activity should be carried
out far away from plant.
(3) Blast Wall arrangement is to be made or
tanker filling place.
(4) During the filling of tanker, internal
temperature and pressure observation
arrangement to be placed.