Simtars visit to India

Simtars colleagues continued their business trip in India - helping the Indian mining safety and health regulator implement their new legislation, which is modelled on the Queensland legislation.

There was a pressing need for this new legislation to be explained to the resources sector in India to ensure its successful implementation.

Dr Tilman Rasche, Senior Inspector, Resources Safety and Health, delivered 4 workshops during November to highlight how the legislation and successful risk management will lead to reduced injuries and fatalities.

The workshops, structured to ensure relevance for mine managers, operations managers, general managers, CEOs and inspectors, were delivered in Delhi, Kolkata, Hyderabad and Nagpur. Approximately 140 personnel from government, private and public companies attended. The workshops were made possible through funding provided by the Australia-India Council and extensive support from Austrade in all locations.

As well as the roadshows, successful meetings were held with the Indian Institute of Technology (Indian School of Mines) (IIT ISM) with whom Simtars has a memorandum of understanding, around various projects that are about to start, as well as with Coal India. Queensland’s resource sector has immense experience to share with Coal India as they strive to achieve a zero harm workplace.

We had the opportunity to meet with the new Trade and Investment Queensland Trade Commissioner for India, Mr Gitesh Agarwal, and we look forward to working with him and his office to further develop the Indian market.

In front of Simtars booth at International Mining Exhibition 2017
In front of Simtars booth at International Mining Exhibition 2017.
Left to right: David Phipps, Development Manager; Prof (Dr) RM Bhattacharjee (IIT ISM); PK Sarkar (Director-General of Directorate General of Mines Safety; Nick Ahlstrand, Executive Director; and Parthiban Jaikumar (Simtars representative in India from Geovale).