Three workers died after an oxygen cylinder exploded at UltraTech Cement’s Hirmi cement plant in Chhattisgarh on 18 July 2023. The Indian Express newspaper has reported that the workers were subcontractors hired to carry out repairs at the 1.9Mt/yr integrated cement plant. They reportedly brought the cylinder with them to the site before it exploded for unknown reasons. Police are investigating the event, and have named the victims as Lakesh Kumar Gayakwad, Shatruhan Lal Verma and Umesh Kumar Verma. The men were aged between 21 and 27.