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Contractual Worker Killed at SAIL Chasnala Underground Coal Mine

Coal News - Published on Mon, 25 May 2020

Image Source: SAIL Chasnala Underground Coal Mine
A contractual worker died while four others escaped unhurt during an accident when they were cleaning a clogged chimney of a coal mine of Steel Authority of India Limited in Chasnala late on Friday night. SAIL said “The worker, Mahtab Alam 37, had gone to the 12th seam of the longwall panel of the deep mine along with four other workers around 8.40 PM and found the mine’s chimney blocked with chunks of coal. Alam tried to clean the chimney with a rod when he slipped and fell into the chimney. Before others could understand what happened, Alam came down the chimney along with the clogged coal and fell on the chute and got buried under tons of coal and died on the spot. When the other workers raised an alarm, officials rushed to the mine. His body was retrieved from the debris only at 1 AM. An internal inquiry committee had been constituted to look into the circumstances and ascertain the factors leading to the accident and suggest steps to prevent its recurrence. Pit manager R Sharma, shift manager Rajeev Pandey and overseer Shailendra Kumar Singh, responsible for mining operations in the area, have been put under suspension, pending outcome of the internal inquiry.”

SAIL added “Preliminary inspection has been carried out by the Directorate General of Mines Safety at the site and clearance for resuming operations has been provided after that.”

Trade unions and other political parties allowed the body of the deceased to be taken away only after the management of the manpower company agreed to provide a job to his widow and announced a compensation of INR 4 lakh.

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Posted By : Yogender Pancholi on Mon, 25 May 2020
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