Cleaning Staff Met His Demise During a Work Accident

A rubbish collection staff succumbed to severe injuries sustained on his head while at work in Taman Victoria, Ipoh on Tuesday (May 5).

According to a statement by the Department of Occupational Safety and Health (JKKP) Perak dated yesterday (May 6), the victim, aged 54, was believed to have stood at the left side of the lorry and attempted to relocate a log stuck in the bucket of the vehicle that obstructed the compression process of rubbish load.

The director of JKKP Perak, Ir. Zamzurin Maarof in the statement, said that the department received information regarding the incident in the morning before commencing investigations in the evening.

“The victim accidentally pulled the lever of the ‘bucket lifter’ hydraulic control system device on the left side of the rubbish lorry with his left hand which had caused the bucket lifter to be activated, subsequently pressing on his head.

“The victim’s head was then stuck in between the bucket lifter and the side of the lorry’s back structure.

“He sustained serious injuries and was confirmed dead at around 4pm in Raja Permaisuri Bainun Hospital (HRPB),” he explained in the statement.

As a follow-up, Zamzurin further said that JKKP has ordered the employer to take immediate action in rechecking and refining existing work safety procedures and training required for staff exposed to lorry control risks.

“Actions by the law will be taken by the department against any party held responsible  should there be any violations under the Occupational Safety and Health Act 1994.

“JKKP views any incidents involving safety of employees and the public seriously.

“Stern action will be taken against those responsible for negligence of the Occupational Safety and Health Act 1994.

“Employers are responsible in the identification and analysis of any possible dangers in a workplace, and thus, should devise an effective risk control plan before employees commence their work responsibilities.

“Incidents like this could have been prevented if employers implemented guidelines based on the Hazard Identification, Risk Assessment and Risk Control (HIRARC) procedure,” he expressed.

Chris Teh


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