Employee Dies As Robot Falls On Him, FIR Registered Against Tata Company Officials

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Pune, February 25, 2021: An employee working at Automotive Stampings and Assemblies Ltd (ASAL) in Medankarwadi, Chakan, dies on Wednesday (24th February) due to a severe head injury after a Robot fell on him.

The deceased has been identified as Umesh Dhake (44), a resident of Alandi. He was working at the company workshop. The Robot descended on Dhake while doing some welding work around 8.15 am on Wednesday and caused severe injury to his head. He was immediately shifted to YCM hospital in Pimpri by a company ambulance, but he died before reaching the hospital, police said.

Based on a complaint from Dhake’s wife Priya (43), Chakan police station has registered FIR against the company officials for not providing safety measures to the employee. The case has been filed against the company’s occupier director, plant manager, production head Yuvraj Buchade, assistant Rahul Khairnar, and maintenance manager Ravindra Kumar.

According to information given by the police, the deceased was not provided with the necessary safety equipment like a helmet, gumboots, hand gloves, etc. Also, the Robot sent by the company had problems with its sensors which led to fatal incidents.

Police have registered the case for offences under sections 304a (causing death due to negligence) and 34 (common intention) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). Further investigation is being conducted by Assistant Police Inspector Rathod.

A spokesperson for the Automotive Stampings and Assemblies stated, “At ASAL, we do lay the utmost importance on safety and mandate that each and every workmen and employee adhere to the safety norms and wear appropriate PPEs while working at the shop floor. This was an extremely unfortunate incident that the deceased was not wearing a helmet at the time of the accident. We are investigating the causes that led to the incident. Our full sympathies lie with the family of the deceased and we have been providing support to them.”

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