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JAMSHEDPUR: Tata Steel’s prominence on safety at all levels of its operations received national ovation with the Company bagging the prestigious National Safety Award today. Tata Steel’s Bhelatand A and Sijua Colliery of the Jharia division were honoured for holding a record of ‘Longest accident free period’ (LAFP) in terms of man shifts worked and ‘Lowest injury frequency rate’ (LIFR) for the Year 2008, 2009 and 2010.
Tata Steel, Jharia division’s underground coal mines won total 4 awards. Bhelatand A Colliery won the award for being the ‘Longest accident free mine’ under difficult mining condition for the year 2008 & 2010 and ‘Lowest injury frequency rate’ (LIFR) for the Year 2009 while the Sijua Colliery was adjudged the runner up in the same category for the year 2008.
Pranab Mukherjee, President of India presented the award to TATA Steel representatives – Sanjay Kumar Singh & Satnam Singh, Kumar Akhilesh Singh & Shri RamlalMahato, SBarun Kumar Banerjee & B. H. Roy of Bhelatand A Colliery and R K Jain & Arun Sonar of Sijua Colliery at a function held at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi. Also present at the occasion were Mallikarjun Kharge, Union Minister of Labour and Employment, Government of India, K. Suresh, Minister of State for Labour & Employment, Government of India, Dr. Mrityunjay Sarangi, Secretary (MOL&E), Satish Puri, Director General of Mines Safety.
The National Safety award ceremony is organized by Directorate General of Mines Safety. Instituted by Ministry of Labour and Employment, Government of India and Directorate General of Mines Safety, Government of India this award is given in recognition of commendable safety performance on the part of industrial undertakings and to stimulate and maintain the interest of both, the management and workers, in accident prevention programmes.
Established in 1907 as Asia’s first integrated private sector steel company, Tata Steel Group is among the top-ten global steel companies with an annual crude steel capacity of over 26.5 million tonnes per annum (mtpa). It is now the world’s second-most geographically-diversified steel producer, with operations in 26 countries and a commercial presence in over 50 countries. The Tata Steel Group, with a turnover of US$ 26.13 billion in FY 12, has over 80,000 employees across five continents and is a Fortune 500 company.
The Group’s vision is to be the world’s steel industry benchmark in “Value Creation” and “Corporate Citizenship” through the excellence of its people, its innovative approach and overall conduct. Underpinning this vision is a performance culture committed to aspiration targets, safety and social responsibility, continuous improvement, openness and transparency. In 2008, Tata Steel India became the first integrated steel plant in the world, outside Japan, to be awarded the Deming Application Prize 2008 for excellence in Total Quality Management. In 2012, Tata Steel became the first integrated steel company in the world to win the Deming Grand Prize 2012 instituted by the Japanese Union of Scientists and Engineers.
National Safety Awards: Minerals constitute one of the main pillars of economic growth of any country. During the post-independence era, the mineral industry in India has achieved tremendous growth and also imbibed the latest mining technologies. Along with this growth, there has been corresponding awareness of the need to protect the health and lives of workers. The Constitution of India casts an obligation on all of us to ensure just and humane conditions of work. As such the Ministry of Labour and Employment endeavours to reduce the risk of occupational diseases and casualty to persons employed in mines.