Implementing best safety practices in plant is foemost priority: A K Rath

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 24 Oct 2018 11:23:16


Staff Reporter,


“My foremost priority is to put all efforts for creating a safe work environment with the best practices in our plant. We have already initiated steps regarding seeking assistance from reputed third parties for a review of our safety systems and procedures. In this regard, we have interacted with representatives of renowned experts and consultants in area of safety like M/s DUPONT that has advised industry leaders Tata Steel on safety”, informed CEO-BSP Arun Kumar Rath while addressing his maiden press conference in Bhilai here on Tuesday. Rath further said that the plant management we will work vigorously towards accident-free Bhilai. “I know that the challenges before me are immense, but I take heart from the inherent strength and track record of Bhilai Collective and also my two years experience as CEO at DSP will facilitate me in overcoming all the hurdles, added Rath.

Replying to a query regarding the shortage of doctors in JLNHRC, Rath said that in his tenure of working with four different steel plants including BSP he consider BSP’s JLNHRC as the best hospital out of these four and informed that SAIL has approved appointment of 35 new doctors in JLNHRC that will resolve the problems persisting in the hospital. He said that he has a personal interest in developing the hospital and he will look forward towards is betterment and expansion.

On being queried about formation of Safety Committee in all the units of BSP, Rath exhorted all the trade unions to come forward leaving beside their internal dispute to form active Safety Committees so that BSP can be developed into an accident free zone.

Talking about recent achievements of BSP collective Rath said that new Blast Furnace-8 has registered cumulative production of 1 million tonnes of hot metal in record time as compared to the other two similar new furnaces in IISCO, Burnpur and at RSP, Rourkela. Along with Production of crude steel from Modex unit - SMS 3 - is also being ramped up. The thrust will now be to start production of Rail Blooms from SMS 3 at the earliest and achieving targets of rail production to meet the requirement of Indian Railways. 

Rath stated that there are several areas in the plant, as well as in Mines, Projects, Township etc., which he shall be focusing on and interacting with the concerned personnel one by one at different forums. In coming months he will be drawing strength from feedback and support from members of the Collective through direct and structured communication and will accordingly evolve strategies and action plans that will involve each and every member of the collective to contribute their mite, added Rath.

Also present with CEO-BSP were Reeta Banerjee, ED (MM), Anurag Nagar, GM I/c (P&A), AK Mishra, GM (Mines), Dr KN Thakur, Director (M&HS), P Nayak, ED (F&A), Kabi Sathpathi, ED (Projects), RV Panda, GM (Personnel), AK Pati, DGM (TS), Vijay Mairal, DGM (PR) and other senior officials.