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94 industrial accidents in Sabah palm oil sector last year

Published on: Friday, January 17, 2014

Kota Kinabalu: The State recorded 94 cases of industrial accidents in the palm oil sector last year, said National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (Niosh) Chairman Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye.

He said the number of industrial accidents in the State for the agriculture, forestry and fisheries sectors combined also recorded 89 cases for the same period.

"Niosh Sabah views seriously these industrial accident cases that have happened in these sectors and is ready to offer its help in terms of organising programmes and activities to create industrial safety awareness among the respective industries which include training to assist these sectors to reduce the level of such industrial accidents.

Those parties interested are requested to get in touch with Niosh Sabah," he said.

He said the number of industrial accidents recorded in the State last year from January to October stood at 854 cases while under commuting accidents the number recorded for the same period was 310 cases.

Lee said this during the Media Appreciation Luncheon at Hyatt Regency Kinabalu, here, Thursday.

He said Niosh Sabah has also taken proactive measures in support of the Government's move to make 2014 as Visit Malaysia Year.

He said Niosh Sabah will lend a hand to the tourism industry in the State to ensure that their employees are equipped with the necessary OSH training.

"In conjunction with the campaign, Niosh Sabah will focus on seminars and courses related to the hospitality and tourism industries.

"We feel that the hospitality and tourism industry will be much stronger if every aspect of safety and health in accordance with the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1994 was adopted by each player in the industry."

He said employees who are safe and healthy would be able to give a higher commitment to achieving the vision and mission of their employers and the level of service for tourists would be improved.

Lee said based on the statistics prepared by Sabah Tourism Board, there is an increase in the arrivals of tourists in Sabah, adding that as of October 2013, a total of 2,718,542 tourists were recorded compared to 2,332,476 tourists in 2012.

Also present at the event was Niosh Certification Sdn Bhd Chairman Shamsul Zahrin Zainudin and Niosh Manager, for Sabah and Labuan, Mohd Hussin Abd Salam.