‘Perhaps, we can start with the sitting NIOSH Chairman having the decency to resign at yet another fatality under his watch instead of making more press statements?’
MALAYSIA’S LEAD CONSUMERIST SAYS NIOSH CHARMAN SHOULD RESIGN IMMEDIATELY INSTEAD OF MAKING PRESS STATEMENTS!
Last Thursday, 24 year old Chin Khoon Sing, who is from Noordin Street in George Town, died instantly after a one-tonne crane hook at a construction site became detached and fell 20 storeys on her Perodua Kelisa passing by in Jalan Raja Chulan in Kuala Lumpur.
Another family suffers a loss of life as tragedy strikes yet another family!
And as always there is no end to certain individuals in public office to issue press statements!
No embarrassment at all, no decency to take responsibility and resign to show disgust and urgency for a much needed revamp and a termination of the apathy and incompetence that grips the individuals who hold office in Malaysia!
This case and tragedy is classified as causing death by negligence under Section 304A of the Penal Code.
This is certainly not the first such incident and I will say it will not be the last as long as we have incompetent individuals and idiots continuing to head both public office and enforcement agencies!
After one week, all that the Department of Safety and Health Deputy Director (occupational safety) Omar Mat Piah can say is he is yet to get a conclusive report on safety improvements at the construction site, as recommended by the department.
If that is no evidence of incompetence, stupidity and a lackluster attitude despite a fatality, I wonder what is?
His stupidity commences to a higher octave as he continues saying:
“Up to now, we are unsure which parties are involved in the mishap.
We are in the midst of getting more information on this and we will discuss the next course of action by this evening,”
Under Malaysian federal law, the onus is on the main contractor to ensure the safety of cranes at construction sites.
What is the status to date?
Has there being any arrest?
International golden rule has always being that there should never be any lifting over a public area and the crane boom should not overhang that area too.
That is the first rule for any crane.
And you do not have to be a rocket scientist to state that this cardinal rule was broken!
Secondly, how is it possible for the hook to fall off without any load on it?
Incidentally, should not all machinery be checked daily?
When it comes to working around cranes and hoists, this golden safety rule that stands high above all other safety considerations.
And as I stated that rule is never maneuver the boom under people or work directly, or within the potential fall radius of a suspended load even for a tower crane.
Did this fatality happen because this golden rule was breached?
Did that crane undergo periodic robust thorough examination & pre-use inspections?
If so who actually conducted the safety process and was this process in any way violated?
Who was at the controls of the said crane?
Was he qualified and certified by the stakeholders?
Who was managing and supervising the process if any at that material time?
Who were the enforcement and monitoring agencies at ground zero?
Perhaps, we can start with the sitting NIOSH Chairman, having the decency to resign at yet another fatality under his watch instead of making more press statements?