The Economy Ministry has started an investigation after a new work accident took place at the Sadu arms plant. According to Gorj County’s Territorial Labor Inspectorate (ITM), a plant employee was injured, suffering burns to her face and arms. The employee was taken to the hospital in Targu Jiu but her life is not at risk. According to plant representatives, the accident took place within the plant’s pyrotechnics section.
“The woman was working within the workshop for tracer substances where the substance used for tracer rounds is dried. The substance caught fire, the flames burning the unprotected part of the woman’s arms and the left side of her face. Her eyesight was not affected,” plant director Lori Boian stated for Mediafax. According to the aforementioned source, the woman had protection goggles on her but was not using them at the time. The director stated that employees work within the workshop individually and they use protection gloves to dry the tracer substance within a protected area.
On the other hand, Boian stated that the first installment promised as part of a project to rehabilitate the institution amounts to RON 2.5 M and will be approved through the budget rectification.
On February 11 a blast took place at the same plant, within a section in which approximately two tons of powder was stored. Two women lost their lives in the blast and one man was seriously injured. Production at the plant came to a halt for approximately one month afterwards in order for its internal infrastructure to be repaired. Back then the plant’s leadership stated that the plant owed RON 120 M to state budget and a modernization programme costing approximately RON 20 M will be implemented this year, the money coming from the Economy Ministry. Democrat-Liberal Marcel Hoara is Sadu plant’s special administrator. Subsequently, on June 8, the Gorj Court started to prosecute five of the plant’s employees.
In November 2010 four work accidents took place at the plant, leaving five persons injured.