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Need to enhance safety & health at work sites

12th June, 2018

By MOHD IZHAM B. HASHIM

KOTA KINABALU: A surprise inspection conducted by the Department of Safety and Health Sabah (DOSH) on a construction site at Inanam resulted in the contractor being cited for 14 violations.

The inspection was part of ‘Ops Cegah Jatuh’ which was held simultaneously nationwide.

DOSH Assistant Director, Mohd Khairof Bin Abd Raop, said the focus of the construction safety inspections was on high risk activities at construction sites such as lifting and working at heights, while ensuring employers’ commitment to workers’ safety and welfare.

“Safety is always first priority in construction sites; working at heights and lifting loads pose a lot of risks to workers, public safety and properties,” he told reporters yesterday.

He noted the number of workplace accidents involved 6,215 cases in 2017 which also included 187 fatalities. The ‘Ops Cegah Jatuh’ operation was spearheaded by JKKP Malaysia Director-General Omar Bin Mat Piah and carried out at 70 construction sites nationwide.

State DOSH Enforcement officers issued 12 warning notices and two notices for improvement during the operation at the construction site which saw various offences which includes exposed ledges, unsecured shafts in floors, unsafe work procedures and workers not wearing personal protection equipment such as goggles and helmets.

“Construction project contractors need to improve occupational safety for the health and safety of employees at the worksite, by making the necessary corrective measures to meet the safety standards set by the department,” said Mohd Khairof.

Furthermore, he noted the notices serve as a reminder and to educate employers on their responsibility in providing a safe workplace for workers.

“Risk control measures needs to be implemented in accordance to the law, proper industry practices and standards set by DOSH,” he said, highlighting officers can take action if measures are unsatisfactory which includes issuing stop work orders, fines and prosecution. Contractors who fail to adhere to improvement and warning notices issued by the department are liable for a maximum fine of RM50,000 under Section 49 of the Occupational Safety Act (1994)

At least 223 inspections were conducted in Sabah resulting in 332 notices issued with fines amounting RM6,500, and court summons totaling RM80,000 mostly for various violations.

At the national level, Dosh carried out 4,832 inspections and 4,132 notices issued with total fines RM148,000 and court summons totaling RM549,000 on various offences.

   
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