Tata Steel launches ‘Zero Harm’ to contractor employees’ campaign

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Jamshedpur: Tata Steel today launched the ‘Zero Harm’ to Contractor Employees Campaign in Steelennium Hall, and also organised the Closing Ceremony of Material Handling and Storage Campaign. Sanjiv Paul, VP-Safety, Health and Sustainability was the Chief Guest and R Rabi Prasad, President, TWU was the Guest of Honour. Other dignitaries included Avneesh Gupta, VP-Shared Services, Probal Ghosh, Chief of Mechanical Maintenance, and Vilas N. Gaikwad, Chief Safety (India & SEA). Senior officials of the Company along with office bearers of TWU, Committee members, employees, contract partners were also present.

Speaking on the occasion, Paul reiterated the importance of what needs to be done in achieving the Company’s stated objective. He pointed out that it was a prime responsibility to make systems which would ensure no harm to anyone. He encouraged workmen to lodge concerns and suggestions at Safety Speak-up and wished everyone a safe life.

Rabi Prasad, in his address, insisted on the criticality of material handling aspect in all the units. He exhorted all workmen to be more alert and attentive during jobs, follow SOPs, get actively involved in Mentor-Mentee programme, use Speak-Up platform for registering safety concerns, and be aware of what is happening around. “Our only wish is – all workers come safely to work and reach home safely” he added.

In his keynote address, Avneesh Gupta expressed his concerns on incidents of contractor labour injuries and fatalities. “This cannot be acceptable for a world class company with benchmark aspirations” he said. Further, he pointed out that 85% of incidents are either due to inadequate SOP or SOP non-compliance. He stressed how star rating assessments are showing results. He desired more speed in assessments and skill upgradation for rated vendors. “We need to look at star rating system and SOPs for achieving “Zero Harm” goal”, he added.

Earlier, Gaikwad, in his welcome address, set the context as to why “Zero Harm” to Contractor employees campaign is important and how it would specifically focus on Audits during shutdowns and maintenance activities. It would also look at SOP inadequacy and non-compliance, stabilizing Star rating assessment, implementation activities by AIC Contractors and Monthly evaluation of all vendors, with aim to fill gaps.

Probal Ghosh, briefed about the accomplishments of the Material Handling & Storage safety campaign journey which was carried out across Tata Steel from Nov’18 to Feb’19. He emphasized that the momentum has to carry on and more efficient equipment and human involvement is needed to  ensure there will be zero incidences related to this hazard.

A booklet on Material Handling & Storage Safety campaign was released on the occasion. Exemplar MASS Wave leaders from the shop floor, Safety Evangelists departments and the Overall Champion Steel Manufacturing Division were recognised in this function for their contribution to this safety campaign.   

Satish Kumar Tiwary, Chief of Mechanical Maintenance TSK, proposed the vote of thanks, to conclude the function.

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