Thermal Power Station II of the Neyveli Lignite Corporation has bagged the Chairman's rolling shield for having achieved “zero accident” by adopting safe operational practices for the year 2010.

The shield was handed over to Chief General Manager of the power station M.Kamalanayanan by D.Sengupta, Deputy Director-General of Mines Safety, Southern Zone, Bengaluru, and NLC Chairman-cum-Managing Director A.R.Ansari at the valedictory of the Safety Week celebrations at Neyveli recently.

The central workshop won the Director's shield for its incident-free functioning. Thermal Power Station-I came for special appreciation for operating without any mishap for the past five years.

This could be feasible because the Central Safety Wing was constantly monitoring the functioning of the mines and the power stations and periodically carrying out the safety audit.

The machineries equipped with safety devices would automatically stop at unwarranted human interruptions.

The pavilions put up by Mine-II, Thermal Power Station-II and Mine I and IA bagged the first, second and third prizes respectively. A special prize was presented to the NLC general hospital for creating health awareness among the visitors to the expo. The winners of various competitions, including oratory and poetry, too were felicitated.

According to NLC Director (Mines) B.Surender Mohan, also the chairman of the Tamil Nadu and Kerala Mines Safety Association and president of the celebrations committee, the annual event was being organised to create safety awareness among the NLC employees.

Mr. Surender Mohan said that the NLC was going for mechanisation to increase the output as well as to minimise the risk.

The expo attracted a large number of NLC employees and their families and the residents of the peripheral areas.