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Jharkhand registers 1000 avoidable severe industrial accidents: Chief factory inspector

Experts address 3rd CII Jharkhand Industrial Safety Conclave, focus on digitisation

Jamshedpur, Nov 29: Expressing a need to digitalise safety, Gopal Kumar, chief inspector of factories, Jharkhand, on Monday said that over 1000 severe incidents got registered in 2020 and led to avoidable human deaths. Addressing the 3rd Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) Jharkhand Industrial Safety Conclave at Beldih Club, he said that safety is multidimensional and cannot be defined. Since the formation of Factories and Mines Act, lots of work has been done in the field of Safety and yet many more things need to be done. Around seven per cent of the world’s population are working as engineers or as workers on sites which need to be alert and cautious during their work at shop floors.

He further stated that digitisation is the need of the hour for safety as it bridges the gap between man, process uncertainty and safety officers.  Through the help of digitalisation, we can get insights of uncertainty and can get enough time to handle and avoid it. In coming times, Digitisation would not be an option, it will be obligatory and part of our life.

CII Jharkhand organised its third edition of Industrial Safety Conclave today with the theme of Leveraging Digital Initiatives for Improving Industrial Safety. The objective of the CII Jharkhand Industrial Safety Conclave was to inspire the stakeholders towards building an even stronger culture of safety in their organisations. This conclave acted as a forum wherein the participants got the opportunity to interact with the safety professionals, thought leaders to learn the best practices.

Chanakaya Chaudhary, chairman, CII Jharkhand State Council opined that synchronization of human, machinery and the workplace environment play a crucial role in the sustenance of any organization. Machinery accidents do happen in-spite of adopting high tech processes because of behavioral issues. Hence, the attitude towards safety for both the employees and the top management is of utmost importance. Although risk cannot be completely eliminated, it can be reduced to an acceptable level through a systematic, process driven approach.

Addressing the gathering, Neeraj Kant, past chairman, CII Jharkhand State Council & MD, The Indian Steel & Wire Products Ltd said that behavioural Safety is extremely important. Behavior based safety programs, when implemented correctly, can provide positive rewards to change unsafe behavior, reduce job-related injuries, minimize lost production hours, and improve workplace morale. These are essential ingredients for creating a strong safety culture in any organisation.

Neeraj Kumar Sinha, convenor, CII Jharkhand Safety Panel & Chief – Safety, Tata Steel Limited affirmed that  commitment to safety is a value that shapes all decision-making at every level. A commitment to safety is constant effort towards transformation and is always about the next leg of the safety excellence journey.

Tapas Sahu, Vice Chairman, CII Jharkhand State Council & MD & CEO, Highco Engineers Pvt Ltd said that the Health, Safety, Environment (HSE) Digital Technologies ensures Safety and Labour Protection and offers the use of analytics based on the Industrial internet of things to reduce occupational diseases and injuries. With the help of HSE Technologies, we can carry out quantitative assessment of Industrial safety risks and accident modelling, issuance of work permits, accounting for personal protective equipment, medical examination procedure, waste management, incident investigation etc. As a result, it increases management efficiency, improve performance, reduce risks and reduce costs. 

Ranjot Singh, Vice Chairman, CII Jamshedpur Zonal Council & MD, Emdet Jamshedpur Pvt Ltd said that workplace safety is not just about safety helmet, safety glasses, or gloves, but includes a tireless dedication toward identifying and reducing all safety risks. A safety leader through his or her actions or decisions sends clear messages to the organisation as to which policies are important and which are not. The importance of leadership for effective safety management has been the focus of research attention in industry for last few years. 

The other important dignitaries who addressed the CII Jharkhand Industrial Safety Conclave included Mukesh Saxena, Sr VP, Natural Resources Division, Adani Enterprises, Rajiv Desai, Head of Strategic Engagements, Sales & Solution, Tata Communications Ltd, Sarajit Jha, Chief- Business Transformation & Digital Solutions, Tata Steel Limited, Sunil Bailwar, Joint President & Head – Corporate Safety & Occupational Health, Hindalco Industries Ltd, B B Sharan, DGM – Defence Factory, Tata Motors Ltd, Dr Arun S Kale, GM – Corp Safety & Health, Tata Motors Ltd, Bimal Ghosh, AVP – Safety, Nuvoco Vistas Corp Ltd, Devsahish Sinha, CEHSM- KKCO, L&T Construction – Water & Effluent Treatment IC and Suresh Khetwani, Chief – Safety & Environment , Tata Power Co Ltd.

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