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PTI Last Updated at 09 Aug 2018, 19:08 IST India

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

Exposition here today, Ray said that the recommendations would

be placed during the 12th National Safety Conference on Mines

in November.

"We are in talks with all stakeholders before we

finalise the recommendations," he said adding that about one

lakh contractual workers are engaged in mining activities.

"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

said, adding that the DGMS would recommend defined codes to

safeguard precious human lives.

Ray said that statistics reveal that the percentage of

involvement of contractual workers in fatal accident is


"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.)

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