*Cleanzine_logo_2a.jpgCleanzine: your weekly cleaning and hygiene industry newsletter 2nd April 2020 Issue no. 912

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Four killed cleaning sewage plant in India

Four people were killed and three hospitalised last week after they came into contact with poisonous gases while trying to clean a sewage treatment plant in Sonepat, in the North Indian city of Haryana. The deceased ranged in age from 18 to 36.

Police told Hindustan Times that seven men had been instructed by a contractor to clean the sewage treatment plant at a local shop and that two of them had gone down into the plant without any masks or other safety equipment. When they complained of breathlessness, the others followed them into the plant and before long all of them had been overcome by the poisonous gases.

Rescue teams were able to save three of the men who were taken to hospital where they are said to be "out of danger". They removed the bodies of the deceased later that night. A case against the contractor, who is currently "on the run" has been registered at the local police station.

According to the publication, five labourers were recently killed in Jind village when they came in contact with poisonous gases while trying to revive a dysfunctional borewell to cope with the shortage of water in their village.


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