15:23 | 30/08/2015 Industry
(VEN) - Workplace accidents in mining, especially open cast coal mines, are a hot issue that needs an immediate solution.
Potential occupational health and safety risks lurk in pit mining
In the first half of 2015, the Vietnam National Coal - Mineral Industries Holding Corporation Limited (Vinacomin) conducted inspections on occupational health and safety (OHS) and fire prevention on collaboration with local departments of labor, war invalids and social affairs and industry and trade; assessments and approvals of coal pit rescue plans; a campaign in response to the National Occupational Health and Safety and Fire Prevention Week; and training courses on for OHS and fire prevention for leaders of the group.
However, Vinacomin recorded 263 workplace accidents, including 134 serious cases, in the first half of 2015, causing 264 injured including 135 seriously injured and eight deaths. According to experts, one of the major causes was due to a neglect of OHS regulations during mining. So, the group should focus more on raising the OHS and fire prevention awareness among its employers and employees on a regular basis.
In July 2015 – the month for OHS and fire prevention promotion, Vinacomin set an objective to reduce 10 percent of equipment breakdown and serious workplace accidents compared with the same month last year, while improving OHS services.
To achieve its objective, the Vinacomin Trade Union has boosted OHS and fire prevention propaganda among its members with a view to further improving their awareness about OHS and fire prevention. It has coordinated with its local affiliates to inspect mines and workshops in terms of OHS and fire prevention as well as workers’ living and working conditions.
In addition, the trade union has also directed its local affiliates to continue activities including OHS and fire prevention training, procurement and establishment of OHS and fire prevention facilities, improving workers’ living and working conditions, awarding persons who have OHS and fire prevention initiatives, inspecting OHS and fire prevention staff, reviewing serious workplace accidents for future prevention methods and solutions, and completing a range of signals along coal mine tunnels and roads with risks of workplace accident.