Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Talcher, Feb 19:
AN Sahay, Chairman-cum-Managing Director (CMD) of Odisha’s Mahanadi Coalfields Limited, urged the employees of the company to put in consistent efforts to bring coal mining to ‘zero harm level’ consistently wherein there would be no casualty or fatality in mines.
‘’We have registered zero fatality in 2014, but the accidents in mines are still a cause of concern,’’ Sahay said in his presidential address at the closing ceremony of Safety Fortnight 2014-15 in Talcher coalfields on Wednesday.
‘’Zero accident is our target,’’ the CMD told officers and the employees of the company, which contribute a quarter of the total production by Coal India.
While asking miners to always remain alert to avoid accidents, Sahay also mooted an idea of recording even minor accidents happening in the mines by the miners and sharing same in their social media so that no mishap goes unnoticed and preventive actions are taken.
He said the company is paying special attention for skill development of its workforce, larger part of which includes employees from agrarian background who were recruited in lieu of land.
“Self-regulation is the only key to reduce accidents to level zero. There is a need to conduct regular training programmes for mine workers, where competent workers will be required in view of bigger targets of coal production ahead,” said DGMS Dhanbad Rahul Guha referring to zero fatality achieved by MCL in 2014 and Emphasising on creating general awareness about safety.
Trade Union representatives such as Sriballav Panigrahi, OCMS (INTUC), A C Patra, OCMLF (HMS), Anit Chakravorty, AITUC, Ajay Biswal, BKKMS (BMS), Suresh Mallick, CISTEA, and President CMOAI Sahad Singh also shared their observations on the occasion.