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Eco-friendly technique for cleaning bogies

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TIRUCHI, MARCH 6 . The Central Workshops, Southern Railway, Golden Rock here has introduced an innovative environment-friendly technique for cleaning bogies, its Chief Workshops Manager, G. R. K. Raju, said here on Thursday.

Speaking at the `Safety Week' celebrations organised at the Workshops, he said the bogies used to be cleaned using electric heaters in the caustic soda bath. The heaters were used to raise the temperature of the bath to activate the chemical process, which resulted in the discharge of fumes at the work site.

However, under the new technique, the bogies were now being cleaned using lubricating oil, released from the engines. The average daily collection of the waste lubricating oil was about 200 litres.

Explaining the advantages of using lubricating oil, Mr. Raju said it helped to recycle the waste fuel. As the oil could spontaneously raise the temperature of the chemical tank, the use of electric heaters had been done away with. The use of oil was an environmental-friendly strategy involving a smokeless process, he added.

With a view to ensuring safety of the workers, the Workshops had designed many mechanised gadgets at its materials handling yard, thereby eliminating manual operations. Several cranes — electrical overhead travelling crane, fork lifting crane, wagons manipulator — were some of the gadgets introduced during the current year. He said the employees had to rely on manual handling for turning and reversing the heavy structures of wagons, but the use of gadgets would not only simplify the operation but also ensure safety of the workers on the site.

He said the number of accidents at the Workshops had come down from about 300 in 1983 to 19 during 2003.

Releasing `Kavasangal', a book of poems on safety, written by an employee of the Workshops, K. Krishnamoorthy, Chief Vigilance Officer, Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation, S. Kumaraswamy, said every employee should adhere to safety norms and guidelines. Precautionary steps like wearing of safety gadgets should be scrupulously adhered to, he added.

The Chief Mechanical Engineer, Southern Railway, Jayanta Ghosh, said workers should constantly update their knowledge and acumen in safety norms. Explaining the details of a few mishaps at Chittaranjan Locomotive Workshop and other places last year, he said the accidents had been caused either due to neglect or lack of knowledge.

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