Four Arrested After Accident at Holcim Indian Unit, PTI Says

Four officials at Holcim Ltd.’s Ambuja Cement Ltd. unit have been arrested after an accident killed five workers at a plant in Bhatapara, India, Press Trust of India reported, citing local police.

Ambuja Vice President Sanjay Kumar Badopadhyay was among those arrested under laws governing negligence with machinery, endangering life or personal safety and causing death by negligence, according to the report. Holcim spokesman Peter Gysel said arrests would normally follow an accident and said he couldn’t confirm the report.

The accident took place in Chattisgarh state, central India on Jan. 31 at about 11 a.m. when a steel construction collapsed, according to an e-mailed statement. Holcim’s internal rescue team moved to the site and called on rescue teams from nearby Lafarge SA and Ultratech Cement Ltd. plants.

Holcim has frozen production at the plant and agreed to compensate victim’s families with 1 million rupees ($19,000), one job for a family member and statutory compensation as applicable, according to the statement.

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