A BARISAN Nasional MP has proposed that the Labour Department set up a tribunal to investigate accidents involving heavy industries.
“The proposed tribunal should find out whether the accidents are due to factories, work procedure, machinery or workers’ negligence.
“If there is inadequate occupational safety, the department should ensure that employers allow their workers to be off duty and get proper industrial training to work at the factories,” said Datuk Dr Yusof Yacob (BN – Sipitang) when debating the Supply Bill at committee stage.
Chang See Ten (BN – Gelang Patah) said the Human Resources Ministry should impose stricter enforcement of the Occupational Safety and Health Act 1994 to ensure that employers invested in accident prevention programmes.
“There are employers who are still reluctant to invest in such programmes,” he said.
Chow Kon Yeow (DAP – Tanjong) wants the ministry to consider amending the Social Security Organisation Act to expand the definition of accidents to include workers commuting to their workplace.
“The existing definition makes it difficult for workers to demand compensation for accidents which occur when they are commuting to work.”