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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.

Accident Statistics for the year of 2016-17:

YEAR

2016-17*

2015-16

i) Fatal Accidents (Nos.)

7

8

ii) Fatalities (Nos.)

24

8

iii) Serious Injuries (Nos.)

41

38

iv) Fatality/Million tonne output

0.592

0.199

v) Fatality/3 Lakh Man-shifts

0.475

0.153

(* subject to reconciliation with DGMS)

Safety Measures

Jobs undertaken by ISO for enhancing safety in Mines of ECL

  1. A calendar is made for monthly inspection by Safety Board Bipartite members in all the 14 Areas, one in each month at ECL Head Quarter to discuss & implement the recommendations. 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. Mine wise Monsoon review was done by GM (Safety) & GM (E&M) with ASOs & Area Engineer (E&M) and is monitored at all levels from mine to ECL, HQ.
  3. Enquiring into accidents in order to know the root causes and taking corrective measures.
  4. Regular Monitoring of inflammable & noxious gases is done in ECL.
  5. 95% of working districts in underground mines have been converted to mechanized districts as per the recommendation of 10th conference on safety.
  6. 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 UG mines. RMR is determined wherever required and Support Rules are framed accordingly.
  7. Safe Operating Procedures in respect of Mining and allied activities and operation of Mining Machinery/ HEMM have been made and distributed to concerned work person.
  8. Efforts are being taken to prevent generation of dust at sources and its suppression to the level below the maximum permissible limit.
  9. Training for contractors’ workers is regularly monitored.

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.

Safety Audit

Safety Audit conducted and completed by Multi-disciplinary inter-subsidiary teams. We are in the process of conducting Safety Audit by external agencies also.

Monsoon preparation

A Control Room was opened at ECL, HQ from 10.06.2016 to 15.10.2016 on 24X7 basis which was manned by Executives for keeping close liaison with Area Control Rooms operating in all Areas. Close liaison was also maintained with the Chief Engineer (Hydel), DVC, Maithon for getting ‘Flood Warning Message’. Close liaison was 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

2016-17

4

73

3

46

2015-16

4

108

3

41

Training for appearing in Statutory Exams in 2016-17:

Type of Exam

No. of employees trained

Training Institute

A. For appearing in

1st Class -Coal

10

MTS, Dhadka

2nd class -Coal

21

Mining Sirdar

28

Surveyor

0

Electrical Supervisor

32

Winding Engine driver

07

MTI, Ratibatti

Gas Testing

25

MTS, Dhadka

B. Trade Course

Surveyor

39

MTS, Dhadka

Mining Sirdar

81

C. Diploma in Mining (Part time)

154

Raniganj Mining Institute

Vocational training (Statutory at VTC) 2016-17.

Type of training

2016-17

2015-16

Basic

864

1735

Refresher

10349

9491

Special Training

11874

7679

I.O.D.

33

116

Contractors workers

4954

2106

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

Bahula

Kenda

02.11.2016 to 03.11.2016

Spontaneous heating at below ground panel NK-N

2

Parascole (West)

Kajora

25.11.2016

Re-opening of sealed off area.

3

Rajmahal Project (Mahalakshmi Patch)

Rajmahal

29.12.2016 to 12.02.2017

To rescue the victims from the slided OB Dump/Benches

4

J K Nagar

Satgram

30.01.2017

Pillar fire.

Training:

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

Details

2016-17

2015-16

No. of active rescue personnel trained

614

644

No. of personnel freshly trained

32

42

No. of Refresher practices

5622

5696

No. of Emergencies

4

4

New apparatus/equipment purchased:

The following apparatus/equipments were purchased:

Sl. No.

Details

Numbers purchased

1

Multi-gas Detector

2

2

Purity of oxygen testing device

4

3

Portable gas chromatograph for analyzing the Mine air sample

1

4

Inflatable portable lighting system

2

Zonal Mines Rescue Competition:

Zonal Mines Rescue Competition, Eastern Zone, for the year 2016-17 was held on 4th October, 2016 in which 10 (ten) Nos. rescue teams took part.

All India Mines Rescue Competition (Coal & Metal):

47th All India Mines Rescue Competition (Coal & Metal) was conducted at Mines Rescue Station, Nagpur (WCL) from 14th to 17 th December, 2016. Two teams from ECL took part in that competition and won the prizes in Recovery and Fresh Air Base events.

Budget Provision for Mines Rescue Station :

Particulars

Capital Budget (` in Lakh)

Revenue Budget (` in Lakh)

2016-17

2015-16

2016-17

2015-16

Sanctioned

204.80

234.02

1667.42

1902.96

Expenditure

132.73

222.98

1714.86

1561.92


   
         

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