DOSH Penang takes steps to ensure safety at construction sites


The Department of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH) Penang has issued 49 stop-work orders and 11 improvement notices through the Construction Site Operation (OTP), which was carried out at several construction sites statewide between Feb 27 and March 6.

Besides that, they also issued 13 seizure notices, 11 warning letters and 38 compound recommendations for various offences and violations.

“Our team conducted surprise visits to 14 construction sites throughout this OTP.

“This is to ensure compliance with the Factories and Machineries Act 1967 and the OSH Act 1994 as well as monitor the effectiveness of the preventive measures taken by contractors in ensuring the safety and health of all workers.

“Following checks, we issued 49 immediate stop work orders, 11 improvement notices, 13 seizure notices, 11 warning letters and 38 compound recommendations,” it said today.

DOSH Penang also said that the operation this time centred on management of OSH at construction sites, the responsibilities of project managers, the establishment of the Safety and Health Committee and management and regulation of work activities at high places as well as pits and open edges.

“We hope that the operation this time and the actions that have been taken can bring about a sense of awareness to employers and employees to comply with the requirements and regulations in ensuring that the workplaces, especially construction sites, are in a safe condition at all times,” it added.

DOSH Penang has continuously taken stern actions to ensure safety of workplaces.

Source: NST Online

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