Attaining High Standards of Safety and Health Through Sustainable Development of Dimensional Limestone (Kotah Stone): A Success Story
Journal of Chemical, Environmental and Biological Engineering
Volume 4, Issue 2, December 2020, Pages: 47-52
Received: Jan. 2, 2020;
Accepted: Jun. 4, 2020;
Published: Jun. 16, 2020
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Er Satish Chand Agarwal Fie, ASI (K) Ltd, Kota, Rajasthan, India
The State of Rajasthan has been gifted with unique mineral reserves of dimensional limestone widely known as Kotah Stone spreading over an area of over 55 sq km. The conventional manual mining of Kotah Stone, has been going on since 1945 but all manual. It has not only degraded the environment severally but also proved to be unsafe. Major part of human efforts has been wasted in non-productive jobs causing excessive fatigue and mental stress, inflicting excessive injuries to eye, leg, foot, arm, fingers and spinal cord. Some time in 1992 industry stood on economical threshold when it felt necessary either to develop an appropriate mining technology or close down all mining activities. A responsible mining technology was innovated by the author based on concept of in-situ cutting & sizing prior to splitting. The process has eliminated many hazardous manual process resulting in sharp reduction in accidents human fatigue and stress. Frequency of accident has reduce to 1/6th: Man days lost per lac sqft of production has also reduce from 36.6 to 13 only. Major part of non-productive effort has been converted in productive increasing productivity by 3.5 times. It has also created cool and clean working environment which keeps worker calm and tolerant and alert against any danger. The technology proved to be blessings for all stake holders. The innovation has fulfilled objectives defined for Responsible mining such as respect for human rights and aspirations of affected community, providing safe, healthy, and respectful workplace, mininimising harm to environment and leaving positive legacy.
Er Satish Chand Agarwal Fie,
Attaining High Standards of Safety and Health Through Sustainable Development of Dimensional Limestone (Kotah Stone): A Success Story, Journal of Chemical, Environmental and Biological Engineering.
Vol. 4, No. 2,
2020, pp. 47-52.
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