India produces 89 minerals by working 569 coal mineshafts, 67 oil and gas mines, 1,770 non-coal mineshafts, and a few all the more little mines, running into over a lakh, all of which convert into direct work of around 1 million on an daily average basis and a general part commitment of around 5 percent to the nation’s total national output.
Be that as it may, the way that calamities strike at customary interims in coal mineshafts and a portion of the metalliferous mines — iron mineral, soapstone and stone mines — is a pointer to the Indian mining industry’s wretched security record and the disappointment of its utilities to gain from the ‘standard working strategies’ (SOPs) executed in nations, for example, Australia, the US and even China.
Somewhere in the range of 2009 and 2013, there have been 752 archived fatalities in mining tasks in India, as indicated by the Office of Directorate General of Mines Safety, Ministry of Labor and Employment. These incorporate mishaps at mines kept running by state-claimed CIL, Neyveli Lignite Corporation and Singareni Collieries. One reason why the Coal Mines (Nationalization) Act was authorized in 1973, assuming control over private area mines, was their poor wellbeing records. However, work at open segment mines remains exceedingly perilous.
At a time when multiple agencies are involved in the rescue of 15 miners trapped in a rathole mine in Meghalaya, data tabled in the Lok Sabha earlier this week revealed that 377 workers involved in the mining of coal, minerals and oil were killed in accidents between 2015 and 2017. Of the 377 deaths, 129 occurred in 2017 alone. As many as 145 died in 2016, while the figure was 103 in 2015. Coal mines have accounted for the highest number of casualties due to accidents in mines. Of the 377, more than half, 210, were killed in coal mines.
If this trend continues there will be more recorded deaths in mines and it will create a much riskier environment for people to work. When the world is moving towards automation, why this sector can’t be automated. Robots are replacing people where risky and fatal conditions prevail. Mining is one area where people can be replaced by robots that can work in harsh conditions and save lives. The robots can be programmed according to the conditions of mines and can be designed accordingly.
Robots can be manually operated by workers from outside the mines reducing the risk and loss of lives in the process. For this process, robots can be equipped with a camera and sensors to identify the environmental conditions and detect the particular operation they are required to carry like hammering or putting the scraps in tumblers for lifting. The processes are already defined in mine, these processes are just needed to be fed to the robots’ memory so that it doesn’t skip any step in the process.
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