No lapses in safety measures at Mahagiri mine: IMFA

Jajpur: Allaying concerns expressed by the labour union of Sukinda region chromite mines, the authorities of Indian Metals & Ferro Alloys Limited (IMFA) today informed that all possible measures have been taken for the safety of labourers.

Terming the recent incident, where a housekeeping staff was injured as ‘unfortunate,’ IMFA vice-president, Sudhansu Patni said, “IMFA has a good track record as far as safety is concerned. Though there have been a couple of unfortunate incidents in the past, it doesn’t mean that there are lapses in safety and security. Utmost emphasis is laid on safety and health of workers at the mines. We will ensure that such incidents do not recur.”

Earlier yesterday, a house keeping staff, Bijay Mahanta was injured while working at IMFA’s Mahagiri mine in Kaliapani of Jajpur district. He was immediately shifted to the hospital by IMFA officials.

At a presser, the Sukinda region chromite mines labour union had expressed concerns over safety of workers at the mine.

“There have been a few incidents at the mines which have scared us. Though we have raised the issue several times, no steps have been taken,” said Dipak Kumar, a worker.

“If mishaps are occurring at regular intervals, then who among the IMFA authorities, safety officer, and the deputy director (mines safety) has to be blamed?” questioned general secretary of Sukinda region chromite mines labour union, Narayan Chandra.