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Technician Dies from Electric Shock

A technician was reported to have died from electric shock in a water theme park in Ipoh at about 12.45 noon on Sunday.

The Director of the Department of Occupational Safety and Health (JKKP) of Perak, Supian Alias said the victim had fallen into the water and was found in a weak state by his colleague.

The incident involved a male worker who is a local of 25 years old.

“JKKP Perak has sent a team of officers to investigate the case.

According to Supian, preliminary investigation found that the victim had worked as a technician at the water theme park for four years.

“During the incident, the victim was performing maintenance work on a spotlight near one of the swimming pool areas at the water theme park.

“The victim was confirmed dead at Raja Permaisuri Bainun Hospital at 1.48 noon on the same day,” he said.

Following preliminary investigation, the department has issued a prohibition order until remedial action is taken by the employer.

“A prohibition notice is issued to the employer for failing to provide a safe work system for electrical equipment maintenance works,” he stated.

He stressed that JKKP Perak will take legal action on responsible parties if there are any breaches under the Occupational Safety and Health Act 1994.

“JKKP takes every incident involving employees or members of the public seriously. Employers have full control over any activities at the workplace,” he said.

Supian stressed that it is employers’ responsibility to identify the hazards at the workplace, perform risk analyses and carry out effective risk control before employees perform work activities.  

He said this is to reduce safety risks to employees and avoid accidents.

He added that such incidents can be prevented if employers carry out comprehensive risk assessments and control in accordance with the methods stated in the Guidelines for Hazard Identification, Risk Assessment and Risk Control (HIRARC).

 

Rosli Mansor

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