Question : VIOLATION OF SAFETY NORMS OF MINING



(a) whether there are reports of violation of safety norms fixed for mining activities by certain companies in the country;

(b) if so, the details thereof alongwith the casualties that took place due to such violations during each of the last three years and the current year;

(c) the action taken by the Government to check violation of safety norms fixed for mining activities; and

(d) the details of the outcome thereof?

Answer given by the minister


THE MINISTER OF MINES AND MINISTER OF DEVELOPMENT OF NORTH EASTERN REGION (SHRI B. K. HANDIQUE)

(a) to (d) : A statement is laid on the Table of the House.

Statement referred in reply to Lok Sabha Starred Question No. 118 for 16.11.2010 regarding violation of safety norms of mining by Dr. Mahendrasinh P. Chauhan and Shri Yashband N. S. Laguri

(a) & (b): As per information available from Directorate General of Mines Safety (DGMS), Ministry of Labour and Employment there are no specific reports of violations of safety norms by any specific company. However, violations of safety norms are observed by Inspecting Officers of DGMS during the course of their inspections under Mines Act, 1952 and enquiries in mines and communicated to the mining companies. During the enquiries of fatal accidents, details of violations observed and number of fatal accidents alongwith fatalities for the last three years and the current year are given below:

		Year	No. of violations observed during enquiries of fatal accidents		No. of fatal accidents		No. of fatalities
		2007	245									132				142
		2008	317									145				179
		2009	259									127				147
		2010	140									119				175
		Note: Figures for the year 2010 are provisional. 

(c) Regular inspections are carried out by the DGMS officers of Ministry of Labour and Employment to implement health and safety norms provided under the Mines Act, 1952 and its Rules & Regulations framed thereunder. These legislations are Coal Mines Regulations 1957, Metalliferous Mines Regulations, 1961 and Oil Mines Regulations 1984 wherein clear cut guidelines to implement engineering safety have been given in detail. Each and every fatal accident occurred in mines are also enquired into by the officers of DGMS and based on the findings of enquiry necessary actions are taken against the persons held responsible for the accident.

(d) Details of violation letters issued by DGMS, Ministry of Labour and Employment to persons violating safety norms are given below.

	Zone/ Year		2007				2008				2009				2010
				No. of Violations issued	No. of Violations issued	No. of Violations issued	No. of Violations issued
	Central Zone		3699				3643				3496				4645
	Eastern Zone		4568				5312				4265				3526
	Northern Zone		5205				5370				4620				3049
	South Eastern Zone	4940				6965				7135				2055
	Southern Zone		7972				9073				9779				1927
	Western zone		4952				4010				3904				2522
	North Western zone	-				-				-				1826
	South central zone	-				-				-				3852
	Total			31336				34373				33199				23402
Note: The last two Zones are newly created Zones. Figures for the year 2010 are provisional.

Details of the number of improvement notices and number of prohibitory orders issued by DGMS, Ministry of Labour and Employment to mines are given below:

Improvement notices and prohibitory orders (under Section 22 of Mines Act and under Reg. 103/108 of Coal/ Metalliferous Mines Regulations)
	Year		Coal Mines											Non Coal Mines
			Notices Issued					Orders issued					Notices Issued					Orders issued
			Section 22(1) or 22A(1)		Reg. 103	Section 22(1A) or 22(3)		Reg. 103	Section 22(1A) or 22(3)		Reg.108		Section 22(1A) or 22(3)		Reg. 108
	2007		122				Nil		49				Nil		85				Nil		174				Nil
	2008		85				1		36				1		88				Nil		161				Nil
	2009		99				Nil		25				Nil		56				Nil		106				Nil
	2010		47				Nil		11				Nil		22				Nil		24				Nil
	
	Note: Figures for the year 2010 are Provisional