Three companies fined for failing to provide safe working systems

29 Aug 2019 / 16:44 H.

IPOH: Three companies were today fined a total of RM100,000 by the Sessions Court for failing to provide a safe working system which resulted in deaths and injuries involving their workers.

Judge Norashima Khalid handed down the sentence on Sedia Engineering Works Sdn Bhd, Wego Malaysia Construction Sdn Bhd and Cew Sin Plastic Pipe Sdn Bhd after the company representatives pleaded guilty to the charge, which was read out to them separately before the judge.

The companies were charged under Section 15(1) Occupational Safety and Health 1994 and punishable under Section 19 of the same Act, which provides a fine not more than RM50,000 or imprisonment not more than two years or both if convicted.

Sedia Engineering Works Sdn Bhd, a contractor company represented by its managing director, S. Subramaniam, 40, admitted to failing to undertake safety measures during works at a confined space at KM6 Ipoh-Lumut Highway on May 25 at 7.20pm which resulted in the death of a foreign worker and injuries to two others.

Meanwhile, Wego Malaysia Construction Sdn Bhd, represented by its managing director, Lim Kim Teong, 59, admitted to having failed to provide a safe working system, resulting in an accident which claimed the life of its worker Lai Kim Choy, 47.

The accident occurred at construction site of 175 houses at PT 28416, Mukim Setiawan, Bandar Seri Iskandar, Mukim Bota, Perak Tengah, on April 24 at 12.20pm.

The two companies were each fined RM40,000 in default nine months’ jail.

Cew Sin Plastic Pipe Sdn Bhd, represented by its administration manager Lee Ngean Hon, 40, pleaded guilty to failing to provide a safe work procedure for ‘’upvc’’ pipe cutting works which resulted in its worker Muhammad Zulhelmi Kamaruddin, 25, sustaining injuries at Lot 305010, Jalan Chepor 11/10, Pusat Industri Seramik Fasa 2, Chepor on April 15 at 2.30pm.

The company was fined RM20,000 in default seven months’ jail. — Bernama

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