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SAFETY

In ECL, highest priority is given towards safety, which is considered as a part of core production process. ECL is aiming to achieve zero accident policy. To improve the safety standards, ECL has vigorously pursued several measures during the year. In spite of this, during the year there was increase in fatalities.

Accident Statistics for the year of 2015-16:

YEAR

2015-16*

2014-15

i) Fatal Accidents (Nos.)

8

4

ii) Fatalities (Nos.)

8

4

iii) Serious Injuries (Nos.)

38

70

iv) Fatality/Million tonne output

0.199

0.10

v) Fatality/3 Lakh Man-shifts

0.153

0.073

(* subject to reconciliation with DGMS)

Safety Measures

Jobs undertaken by ISO for enhancing safety in Mines of ECL

  1. Safety Board at Corporate Level has been constituted for inspecting the Mines and removing deficiencies observed. Monthly Meeting of Safety Board is regularly held for reviewing safety of Mines. This meeting is attended by all Functional Directors, all HoDs, all Safety board Members, all Area CGM/GMs, all Area safety Officers, ISO and representatives of all Trade Unions.
  2. To conduct Special Meeting of Safety Committee after the accident and implementation of the recommendation of Special Safety Committee.
  3. Enquiring into accidents in order to know the root causes and taking corrective measures.
  4. Issuance of Safety Circulars in line with finding of the enquiry into Accidents/Dangerous Occurrences/Near-miss Incidents to prevent recurrence.
  5. Maintenance and Analysis of Statistics of Fatal and Serious Accidents for taking remedial measures.
  6. 30 minutes duration SCCR have been procured for UG mines workers for use in any emergency in UG.
  7. 45 numbers SCBA of positive pressure type procured for Mines Rescue Station, Sitarampur.
  8. Internal safety audit have been done by Inter Area Team by senior officers from various disciplines.
  9. Annual Mines Safety week 2016 held from 01.02.2016 to 06.02.2016.
  10. Monitoring of methane and carbon monoxide for Degree-III gassy mines/fiery mines.
  11. Regular family counselling is being done for safety awareness amongst family members of employees.
  12. 90% of working districts in underground mines have been converted to mechanised districts as per the recommendation of 10th conference on safety.
  13. Quality of materials and their supply in mines has been ensured.
  14. Strata Control Monitoring Cell has been established in ECL HQ and subsequently Strata Control Monitoring Cell has been established in all areas to study the roof behavior and for improvement of roof support in mines. RMR is determined wherever required and Support Rules are framed accordingly.
  15. Safe Operating Procedures in respect of Mining and allied activities and operation of Mining Machinery/HEMM have been made and distributed to concerned workers.
  16. Efforts are being taken to prevent generation of dust at sources.
  17. Preparation and implementation of Risk Assessment based on Safety Management Plan (SMP) has been completed.
  18. Training for contractors’ workers is being regularly done along with IME.

Safety Monitoring Agencies in ECL:

Apart from statutory monitoring by DGMS, the status of safety is being monitored at various levels by the following agencies:

Level

Monitored by

Mine level

1. Workman inspectors: as per Mines Rule-1955

2. Safety committee: constituted as per Mines Rule-1955

Area level

1. Bipartite/Tripartite committee meeting

2. Safety officers’ Coordination Meeting

HQ level

1. Bipartite/Tripartite committee meeting at HQ level

2. Area Safety Officers’ Coordination Meeting

3. Inspection by ISO officials.

No. of roof bolts consumed in various years are as under:

(No. in Lakhs)

Consumption

2015-16

2014-15

Roof bolts

11.20

10.81

Cement capsules

37.00

34.38

Safety Audit

Internal Safety Audit has been done. We are in the process of conducting Safety Audit by external agencies as recommended by DGMS.

Monsoon preparation

A Control Room was opened at Head Quarter, ECL from 10.06.2015 to 25.10.2015 on 24 X 7 basis which was manned by Executives for keeping close liaison with Area Control Rooms operating in all Areas. Close liaison is maintained with the Chief Engineer (Hydel), DVC, Maithon for getting ‘Flood Warning Message’. Close liaison is also maintained with the Director, Indian Meteorological Department, Alipur, Kolkata and the Director, Area Cyclone Warning Centre, Alipur, Kolkata for obtaining ‘Weather Forecast Report’ for alerting the Areas to be affected by heavy Rain/ Thunder/ Shower.

Safety Training

Year

Two Weeks Structured Training for

Front line supervisors

Workmen’s Inspector

No. of Programme

No. of Participant

No. of Programme

No. of Participant

2015-16

4

108

3

41

2014-15

4

112

3

38

Training for appearing in Statutory Exams:

Type of Exam

No. of employees trained

Training Institute

A. For appearing in



1st Class - Coal

20

MTS, Dhadka

2nd class –Coal

23

Mining Sirdar

32

Surveyor

07

Electrical Supervisor

23

Winding Engine driver

15

MTI, Ratibatti

Gas Testing

21

MTS, Dhadka

B. Trade Course



Surveyor

19

MTS, Dhadka

Mining Sirdar

39

Electrician

-

C. Diploma in Mining (Part time)

163

Raniganj Mining Institute

Vocational training (Statutory at VTC) 2015-16.

Type of training

2015-16

2014-15

Basic

1735

869

Refresher

9491

10010

Special Training

7679

6707

I.O.D.

116

99

Contractors workers

2106

2305

Rescue Services in ECL:

Rescue Services have been rendered to all collieries of ECL, Chanch Victoria Area of BCCL, Ramnagar Colliery of IISCO as well as to Civil Administration and Public Authorities (as and when required) through Mines Rescue Station, Sitarampur, Rescue Room with Refresher Training (RRRT) Kenda and Rescue Rooms operating at Jhanjra, Mugma & Kalidaspur.

During the year Emergency Attended/Rescue Services dealt fire/spontaneous heating in the following Mines successfully:

Sl. No

Colliery/place of occurrence

Area

Date

Nature of occurrence/job

1

Kunustoria

Kunustoria

05.07.2015

Recovery of mine property.

2

Haripur

Kenda

03.06.2015 to 15.06.2015

Dealing of underground fire.

3

Khas Kajora

Kajora

23.08.2015 to 29.08.2015

Dealing of spontaneous heating.

4

Satgram

Satgram

06.11.2015 to 08.11.2015

Controlling of fire in underground.

Training:

Refresher as well as initial training was imparted at Mines Rescue Station regularly, details are as follows:

Details

2015-16

2014-15

No. of Rescue personnel trained

644

668

No. of personnel freshly trained

42

23

No. of Refresher practices

5696

8392

No. of Emergencies

4

9

New apparatus/equipment purchased:

During 2015-16, 4 numbers of Multi-gas Detectors, 1 number of Oxygen Testing Device and 1 number of CPR Manikin was purchased.

Zonal Mines Rescue Competition:

Zonal Mines Rescue Competition, Eastern Zone, for the year 2015-16 was held on 16th October, 2015 in which 11 (eleven) Nos. Rescue teams took part.

All India Mines Rescue Competition (Coal & Metal):

46th All India Mines Rescue Competition (Coal & Metal) was conducted at Mines Rescue Station, Manindragarh (SCCL) from 1st to 4 th December, 2015. Two teams from ECL took part in that competition.

Budget Provision for Mines Rescue Station:

Particulars

Capital Budget (Rs. in Lakh)

Revenue Budget (Rs. in Lakh)

2015-16

2014-15

2015-16

2014-15

Sanctioned

234.02

576.26

1902.96

1639.17

Expenditure

222.98

325.98

1561.92

1491.43

MoU Activities:

Sl. No.

Performance Indicator

Measurement Unit

Target for the year (Very Good)

Achievement

1

Reduction in Fatality Rate per million tonne of coal production w.r.t previous year

% reduction

1.50

Not Achieved.

-99%

2

Reduction in Serious Injury Rate per million tonne of coal production w.r.t previous year

% reduction

4.00

Achieved, 46%.



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