Concerned at the poor working
conditions of contractual mine workers, the Directorate
General of Mines Safety (DGMS) is working on a strategy to
safeguard their lives and streamline supervision to meet
safety standards, an official today said.
"This is part of an ambitious plan to augment mining
production as well as reduce accidents, including fatalities.
Currently, we are in the process of preparing a set of
recommendations as a strategy to improve the occupational
safety and health of contractual workers," Sanjibon Ray,
Deputy Director General, DGMS, said.
Speaking at a session on Mines Safety organised by the
Confederation of Indian Industry's Safety Symposium and
be placed during the 12th National Safety Conference on Mines
"We are in talks with all stakeholders before we
finalise the recommendations," he said adding that about one
"The prime areas of concern include lack of adequate
training and safety awareness of the contractual workforce
something which is one of the contributory factors in creating
unsafe and accident-prone situations in mines," Ray said.
The living conditions of the contractual workforce in
the mining sites need vast improvement, including judicious
space management while deploying transportation machinery in
mining sites, he added.
"The prime factor leading to accidents in mines is
fatigue and poor living conditions. They dont get proper
drinking water, hygienic food, and medical facilities," Ray
safeguard precious human lives.
Ray said that statistics reveal that the percentage of
"Fatality rate is more in case of contractual workers
than the regular employees. The rate of accident in case of
contractual workers was 2.47 times more than regular workers
during the period 2010-2016," Ray said.(This story has not been edited by Devdiscourse staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)