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Employer pleaded not guilty for failure to ensure workers’ safety


KOTA KINABALU: The Sessions Court set 11 to 12 April next year for  hearing involving an employer of Sabah Forest Industries Sdn Bhd.

The Judge, Azreena Aziz, set the new date after the accused pleaded not guilty for the charge of failing to ensure the safety of his workers and for keeping dangerous machineries which caused the death of one of his workers.

For the first offense, he was accused of failing to guarantee his workers’ safety, health, and welfare until leading to the death of one of his employee in 12 July, around 7.00pm at Bahagian Chip Mill, Slasher Station Conveyor, at Sabah Forest Industries Sdn Bhd, Sipitang.

He is charged under Section 15 (1) of the Occupational Safety and Health Act 1994 and punishable under Section 19 of the same act with up to RM50,000 fine or two years jail, or both, if found guilty.

The employer was also accused of failing to set up fences for his machineries, subsequently causing the death of one of the workers at the same location and day.

His second charge is under Section 15 of the Factory and Machinery Act 1967, with punishment enforced under Section 51(2) of the same act, where he can be fined up to RM50,000, receive one year jail maximum, or both, if found guilty.

Safety and Health Department officer Mohd Khairul Firti Samsudin prosecuted. -SayangSabah


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