THE Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) is horrified by news of the Bangladeshi worker who fell to his death into a container filled with boiling oil at a palm oil mill in Melaka (“Contract worker dies after falling into boiler at palm oil mill”, The Star, Sept 13; online at bit.ly/star_contract). According to reports, the foreign worker was installing piping for fire sprinklers on the building’s roof when he suddenly fell.
It was also said that he was not wearing any personal protective equipment (PPE) while carrying out this work. CAP has time and time again stressed that proper safety precautions are necessary when carrying out the sort of work the victim was doing to prevent unnecessary loss of life.
While the police have determined that the victim’s death was accidental, there are other questions that need to be asked. For instance, was Md Abdul
Manan Molla, the victim, provided with the PPE vital for this kind of dangerous work, did he have the necessary skills or certification to carry out such work, and was anyone monitoring/managing his work? Are there any SOPs for this kind of work and were they being followed?
Until these questions are asked and the authorities take strict action against anyone flouting these vital SOPs – and if there are none, there definitely needs to be some – we are bound to keep repeating these same mistakes that result in horrible deaths.
MOHIDEEN ABDUL KADER
President, Consumers Association of Penang (CAP)