New Delhi: Tata Steel has always been a pioneer in ensuring safety in its workplace across its locations. The company has always been recognised for implementation of safety initiatives across all levels of operations, and with its prominence in safety in its mining locations, Tata Steel was bestowed with four National Safety Awards.
The mines and collieries of Tata Steel, Jamadoba and Digwadih collieries of Jharia Division and Joda West Manganese Mine (JWMM) and Sukinda Chromite Mine (SCM) of Ferro Alloys and Manganese Division (FAMD), were conferred with National Safety Awards by the Ministry of Labour and Employment at a function held at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi today.
The occasion was graced by President of India Ram Nath Kovind who gave the awards. Subrata Das, chief, natural resources division, and Sitaram Saw, senior over man, received the award on behalf of Jamadoba Colliery, while Sanjay Rajoria, general manager, project (raw materials & infrastructure), and Nakul Singh, secretary, Rashtriya Colliery Mazdoor Sangh, Digwadih Colliery, received the award on behalf of Digwadih Colliery. Similarly, RR Satpathy, general manager, operations, FAMD, and H Barik, general secretary, SCM, Workers Union, received the award on behalf of SCM and Amit Kumar Dubey, head, manganese group of mines, Joda and SK Bal, general secretary, workers’ union, JWMM, received the award for JWMM.
Jamadoba Colliery of Tata Steel won the award in the Difficult Mining in Underground Mines category, while SCM won the award for Longest Accident Free Period for the year 2013-14. Digwadih colliery and JWMM received the runner-up prizes in Difficult Mining in Underground Mines and Longest Accident Free Period categories, respectively, for the year 2013-14.
On this special occasion, Rajeev Singhal, vice president, raw materials, Tata Steel, said, “It is a proud moment for Tata Steel to have been bestowed with the recognition for excellence in safety. At Tata Steel, we always ensure safe, scientific and efficient mining across all locations. This award is yet another recognition which motivates us to achieve higher benchmarks in sustainable mining and help sustain best practices across all business aspects”.
Tata Steel has undertaken various safety initiatives at its mines and collieries. The company’s prime focus has been to introduce innovating engineering solutions and carry out massive safety campaigns that have helped transform people’s consciousness towards safety.
Ministry of Labour & Employment, Government of India, instituted National Safety Awards (Mines) in 1983 (for the contest year 1982), with a view to promote a competitive spirit among mine operators for the betterment of safety standards in mines and to give due recognition to outstanding safety performance at the national level.