Pradyut Mukherjee discusses safety issues

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 13 Mar 2018 10:40:34




Staff Reporter

PRADYUT Mukherjee, Member, Joint Committee of Safety in Steel Industry (JCSSI), personally met P Pandyaraja, General Manager (Safety and Fire Brigade Services), BSP, and discussed various measures for ensuring safety of workers in steel plants. He also expressed his concern over fatal mishaps occurring in the plant repeatedly.

Pradyut Mukherjee, who is also the Secretary of Steel Workers Federation of India (CITU), was accompanied by Hindustan Steel Employees Union (CITU) office bearers and S P Dey, president; Savita Malviya, Assistant General Secretary; Ali Akbar, Secretary and the trade union Safety Apex Committee members-- Kunjbihari Sharma and J K Verma. Mukherjee questioned the propriety of constituting the safety committees, comprising more representatives from management, and that the inclusion of workers from the plant as representatives in the safety committee based upon the management’s discretion, while questioning its legal validity.

Citing the provisions laid down under section 41 (G) of Factory Act-1948, to be read with the Section 73 (1) of Chhattisgarh Factory Rule 1962. He asserted that the member of members in the safety committees ought to be equal--those from management and those representing workers. And, the plant workers should be granted opportunity for nominating their representatives. Mukherjee also pressed the demand for implementation of the norms by BSP, being followed in other units under SAIL. The steel plants under SAIL are registered as the factories, and there are 43 factories within BSP. He also stressed on the point that the management is legally bound for ensuring the formation of safety committees in 26 factories.

The number of fatal mishaps 5, 16 and 5 during last three years 2015, 2016 and 2017 respectively, is a matter of serious concern, and it could even jeopardize the chances of BSP of securing P M’s Trophy on the 12th occasion; warned Mukherjee.