`Industrial accidents lowest in Tamil Nadu'

Special Correspondent

TIRUCHI: Industrial safety programmes should aim at achieving zero incident levels and safety managers should look for hidden dangers as to evolve appropriate preventive measures, the Chief Inspector of Factories, Tamil Nadu, K.A. Mohammed Aziz, has said.

Tamil Nadu stood first in safety records and the State accounted for an average of about 1,500 accidents a year. In comparison, Maharashtra accounted for 11,606 accidents per year, while it was 8,407 in Gujarat and 2,084 in Karnataka.

The `incident rate' was also the lowest in Tamil Nadu, he said speaking at a programme on Industrial Safety organised at the Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) here today.

Mr. Aziz also commended the BHEL for achieving zero accident level now, despite a huge increase in production, from 365 accidents reported in 1966. The Executive Director, BHEL, Tiruchi, V. Gopalakrishnan, said BHEL has pioneered in safety management and had constituted three safety committees to focus on investigation, safety education and issue of protective gear to employees. The organisation was investing about Rs.70 lakhs per year towards safety equipment for employees, he said.

The BHEL would promote the concept of "safety competence" among its workforce, especially in material handling.

The Additional General Manager (Health, Safety and Environment), BHEL, G. Srinivasan, said a three-month post-graduate certificate course in Industrial Health for doctors would commence from April 1 this year.

Earlier, Mr. Aziz released an online handbook on Safety in Welding and also distributed prizes to winners of on-line safety quiz competition.

T.D. Subbaroyan, General Manager, Human Resource, BHEL, and others spoke.