Niosh expresses concern

Damage to the bonnet of the MPV caused by the falling tubular metal at the ferry ramp.

KUCHING: The National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (Niosh) has expressed concern over the falling tubular metal on a vehicle at Rambungan ferry ramp.

Its chairman Datuk Wilson Ugak Kumbong in statement yesterday urged all parties and stakeholders to always consider the risk involving the safety of workers and the general public.

“Such incidents should be taken seriously as it can potentially endanger or cause fatalities to the workers as well as the public.

“The institute reminds that all, especially employers and employees to adhere with the Occupational Safety and Health Act 1994 (AKKP 1994) and other relevant occupational laws,” he added.

On Wednesday (June 9), a tubular metal suddenly fell onto a multi-purpose vehicle (MPV) which was disembarking from a ferry at the Rambungan ferry point. Two persons in the vehicle were unhurt in the incident.

Ugak pointed out that control measures over any incidents that could contribute to an accident needed to be constantly improved all the times.

At the same time, employee’s efficiency and skills, use of tools and equipment such as machines and machinery should be regulated in accordance with existing safety procedures.

He added that Hazard Identification, Risk Assessment and Risk Control (HIRARC) need to be developed by the employer as a guide either before, during and after any work activity.