UPDATE: JKKP Perak instruct stop quarry operations, to investigate the case

By Aida Aziz
Photo Bomba Perak

IPOH: Perak Department of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH) has issued instructions to employers to stop quarry operations, following the incident of a worker being buried in rock rubble at the Keramat Pulai quarry site, Simpang Pulai, last Tuesday.

DOSH in a statement published today, sent its investigating officer directed to the location of the incident on Tuesday to conduct an investigation, as soon as it received information about the incident.

According to the statement, the accident involved a 36-year-old foreign national worker who was hit by the rubble of quarry stone while carrying out work on moving quarry stone in the area.

“The result of the investigation found that the victim was an excavator driver for a contractor company that was appointed to carry out the work of moving quarries from the quarry area.

“At the time of the incident, the victim along with three of his colleagues were carrying out the work of moving quarry stones using an excavator into a lorry.

“The collapse of the quarry stone caused the victim to be crushed by the quarry stone, a rescue operation was carried out by the fire department and the victim was confirmed dead at the scene,”.

In this regard, DOSH will take legal action against the responsible party if there is a violation under the provisions of the Occupational Safety and Health Act 1994.

“Employers have been instructed to stop the work of operating the quarry until improvement actions are taken by them.

“DOSH take every accident involving workers or the public seriously. The employer has full control over any activity in the workplace.

“Employers are responsible for identifying hazards in the workplace in advance, making a risk analysis and then conducting effective risk control before employees carry out work activities.

“It reduces safety risks for employees and prevents accidents,” explained the statement.

In addition, such incidents can be avoided if the employer implements a comprehensive risk assessment and control in accordance with the methods specified in the guidelines.

Last Tuesday, the media reported that a foreign worker was reported dead in a limestone collapse at a quarry site on Jalan Cameron Highlands-Keramat Pulai near Simpang Pulai.

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