Three factory workers were injured on Monday when a boiler exploded at a textile factory. They were taken to Civil Hospital, where two of them were reported to be in critical condition.
Rescue officials said the boiler was run on coal due to gas loadshedding. They said fire started by the burning coals following the explosion in which three workers- identified as Khalil, Iftikhar and Yameen- were injured. They were taken to the hospital, where doctors treating them said that Khalil and Iftikhar were in a critical condition. They were later referred to a hospital in Lahore. The fire was put out in two hours.
Police visited the factory, but registered no case.
Talking to The Express Tribune, the owner of the factory said this was the way most textile mills were producing gas. He said if there were safer ways of generating steam, the government should introduce them. Else, he said, it should consider reducing loadshedding hours.
Published in The Express Tribune, June 25th, 2013.
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