Increase in Ex-gratia for fatal coal mine accidents (Download PDF)


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The central government has increased the ex-gratia amount to Rs. 15 lakh from Rs. 5 Lakh for fatal accidents in the coal mine. This compensation will cover more than 3.5 lakh families of workers of Coal India.

Coal Mines Occupational Hazards

Coal Mines Occupational Hazards

Coal Mines Occupational Hazards

  • It covers both the permanent and contract basis workers.

  • The accidents in mines can be classified into 5 categories these are Minor accidents, fatal accidents, serious accidents, Reportable accidents, Disaster accidents.

  • According to the data from the Ministry of Labor and Employment and news reports over 1,666 coalmine accidents happened across the country between 2013 and 2016.

  • Between 2015 and 2017,377 workers who involved in coal mines, minerals and oil were killed in accidents.

  • 129 deaths occurred in 2017,145 deaths in 2016 and 103 deaths occurred in 2015.

  • Out of 377 deaths, coal mines account for the highest among all; more than 210 people were killed in coal mines.

  • Chinakuri coal mine disaster, chasnala mining disaster and Dhori colliery disaster are the worst disasters in Indian mining history.

Reasons for Coal Mine Accidents

  • Lack of protective equipments, defective machinery/equipment and inadequate machine guards.

  • Coal dust, gases and fire issues.

  • Ventilation and humidity

  • Electricity accidents

  • Poor management and poor environmental measures.

- Published/Last Modified on: December 19, 2019

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