NEW DELHI: Being in an inherently hazardous industry, Tata Steel surprisingly reported zero fatalities on road and rail inside the plant premises for the last four years across the operations, company integrated annual report 2018-19 revealed.
The company which employees 32,984 people, however, the contractor employees’ fatality remains the topmost safety concern. It reports two fatalities in India and one fatality in Singapore involving its contractor partners, it said.
Tata Steel value chain depends on safe and efficient transport through both road and rail logistics.
“We are enforcing road safety related behavioural changes across our organisation. To make it safer, various infrastructure improvement initiatives such as traffic segregation and streamlining, drop gates, Transport Park, smart buses, radar-based speed monitoring, and introduction of digitalisation at gates for materials have been introduced.”, report said.
Last year, to ensure the deployment of competent vendors for high-risk jobs, Star-rating assessment was conducted for all high-risk vendors, resulted 40% reduction in contractor fatalities and 21% reduction in LTI cases of contractor employees as a result of multiple initiatives.
“We work to ensure our operations are fatality free and become a benchmark in the steel industry. Currently, we are working on six safety and health strategies, which drive our corporate objective of ‘Committed to Zero’, report said.
Tata Steel follows the World Health Organisation’s model of ‘healthy workplace’ for creating a workplace aiming no harm of the mental and physical well-being of workforce.
“Tata Steel’s integrated approach in industrial hygiene and occupational health is underpinned by the three pillars of prevention, promotion and reintegration.”, it said.
The ‘Wellness at Workplace’ programme was introduced to create awareness among people to adopt a healthy lifestyle and control lifestyle-related diseases.
The effectiveness of the initiative is monitored through the standard parameters. It has collaborated with external partners to understand and improve workplace ergonomics through risk assessments and implementation of ergonomics control measures.