Eight T’ganu companies fined for negligence of worker safety and health

KUALA TERENGGANU : This year, eight companies in Terengganu were fined for failing to adhere to safety and health standards.

Noorazman Soud, the director of Terengganu Occupational Safety and Health Department’s (DOSH), said that violations included working from heights without wearing personal protective equipment (PPE), and failing to provide a safe and hygienic work environment.

The eight companies received a total fine of RM20.500 for various offenses.

He said, “However we have observed an improvement in employer awareness over the years of worker safety and well-being, thanks to continual enforcement activities and campaign,” when contacted on Thursday evening (6 June).

Noorazman reported 98 workplace injuries between January and May.

He said that of these incidents, five involved fatalities, three had permanent disabilities, 80 did not.

He said that the five fatal accidents happened in the construction, shipping, and plantation sectors. These industries are more dangerous than others.

He said that his department was constantly monitoring employers to ensure they were complying with the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1994 and the Factories and Machinery Act of 1967.

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