Workshop on mine safety

Director General of Mines Safety (DGMS) will hold a daylong seminar and workshop on January 18 with the aim of bringing mining companies and outsourced agencies on one platform to discuss ways to pursue safe and sustainable mining operations.

By Our Special Correspondent in Ranchi
  • Published 12.01.17
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Ranchi, Jan. 11: Director General of Mines Safety (DGMS) will hold a daylong seminar and workshop on January 18 with the aim of bringing mining companies and outsourced agencies on one platform to discuss ways to pursue safe and sustainable mining operations.

Officials at DGMS southeastern zone, headquartered in Ranchi, maintained that the December 29 mine cave-in at Lalmatia colliery in Godda district killing 18 workers, with at least five more feared trapped and dead in the debris, could have been averted if safety guidelines had been followed.

Though separate agencies, including the Union coal ministry and DGMS teams, are yet to come up with concrete reports on the lapses to fix accountability, the mines regulator believes it ought to be proactive for the benefit of the industry.

A.K.Sinha, deputy director general of DGMS (southeastern zone), said they hoped to evolve a working plan and road map for safety of mining operations and workers, during the seminar to be held at Mayuri Hall of CMPDI on Kanke Road.

M.K. Malvia, DGMS southeastern zone director (electrical), said they used to hold workshops and training sessions for companies in the past. But it was for the first time that DGMS was going to hold a daylong session for all stakeholders.

According to Malvia, the highlight of the seminar would be four examples of safe mining plans, which would be unveiled and discussed threadbare. The idea was for companies to work on similar lines.

"We have chosen four mining sites of our region and have come up with a scientific management plan covering both operational and non-operational issues, including response to crisis situations. "The idea of any safety plan is to first try to minimise any threat. And if there is a crisis, suggest actions so that there is minimum damage. Safety audits will now depend on the plans submitted by companies," he said, but refused to divulge the names of mines chosen for the exercise.

Another focus are, he added, would be on the safety and rights of contract workers, who were the frontline staff of any mining operation.

Malvia said they had invited all major companies, like Central Coalfields, Mahanadi Coalfields, BCCL, ECL, and also several non-coal mining companies, besides outsourcing agencies, for the seminar. "We are expecting over 200 representatives from various firms," he said.