Dosh issues 36 notices, 1 compound in Labuan
Published on: Tuesday, June 12, 2018
Labuan: The Occupational Safety and Health Department (Dosh) here issued 36 notices and one compound following their spot-check on five active construction sites on the island, Monday.
Labuan Dosh Director Radin Hanida Radin Harun said the operation aims to detect and identify any non-compliance with the provisions of the Occupational Safety and Health Act 1994 and the Factories and Machinery Act 1967, particularly for high-altitude activities and lifting works involving the use of cranes.
The team comprised of 12 department personnel who conducted thorough checks on five sites including the upcoming Ministry of Communications and Multimedia (KKMM) complex here and the long-awaited Fire and Rescue Department headquarters.
Hanida pointed out that safety and health of a workplace is important for both employers and employees, as it has both physical and economical implications.
She said construction workers risk falling, injured by fallen objects, and even exposed to noise and dust.
The inspection which was conducted simultaneously on 70 construction sites nationwide under the department’s Ops Khas Cegah Jatuh, focuses on sites involving works in high-altitudes and heavy lifting located near public areas.
“In addition, this operation is to ensure maximum level of compliance by employers or contractors on the safety and health of the workplace, especially for the workers and the public in the vicinity of the construction site.
“Employers that fail to adhere to the safety and health regulations will have action taken against them in the form of warning letters, compound or taken to court,” she warned.
Hanida also disclosed that so far this year, her department had conducted a total of 95 checks on all active sites in Labuan with 102 punitive measures imposed on contractors involved.
“This includes an operation conducted last March on 12 sites whereby 23 notices of repairs, 20 prohibition notices and four compounds were issued to contractors for various offences,” she cited.
Currently, there are 31 active construction sites on the island registered under the department, she added. – Iffah Dilaney