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DPA Kandla inaugurated 53rd National Safety Week 2024

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GANDHIDHAM : The inauguration ceremony of the 53rd National Safety Week 2024 was marked by a gracious welcome to guests with the presentation of flower bouquets and a traditional lamp lighting by Shri S.K. Mehta, IFS, Chairman in the presence of Shri Nandeesh Shukla, IRTS, Dy. Chairman, Shri J.K. Rathod, CPES, Chief Vigilance Officer, senior officials of Port, Trade Unions, Stakeholders, Port Users, employees & workers.

Shri Bhavesh Madhavi, Safety Officer played a pivotal role by delivering a welcome speech, leading a safety pledge, and providing an overview of the week’s activities, which included Virtual Reality Safety training, Safety competitions, a Mega Medical Campaign, Hazardous Material Handling Training, Safety Film Shows, a Mega Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Distribution Campaign, Firefighting drills, and a Safety Award Ceremony on the final day. Shri Priyabrata Shaw, Add. Asst. Director Dock Safety, Kandla, shared valuable insights on “Focus on Safety Leadership for ESG Excellence.”

Shri Nandeesh Shukla, IRTS, Dy. Chairman emphasized the need for strategic prevention of all types of accidents within the port, while Shri S.K. Mehta, IFS, Chairman focused on achieving a zero-accident target as part of Maritime India Vision 2030. The Chairman suggested implementing motivation/recognition schemes for personnel and taking punitive actions against safety norm violators. He also advised to take the safety suggestions from all the stake holders in closing ceremony for development of road map for achieving the target of zero accident. The event concluded with key safety notes from both leaders and a vote of thanks by Shri Sudipta Banerjee, Sr. Deputy Traffic Manager.

Chairman inaugurated the “Virtual Reality Safety Training” campaign stall and personally experienced the work-at-height module. The program highlighted a commitment to safety excellence and collaborative efforts for a zero-harm target. The stage was handled by Smt. Divya Nair.

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