MTUC wants probe into how Ipoh factory worker lost his hand

GEORGE TOWN: Malaysian Trade Union Congress (MTUC) has called for a thorough probe into the accident that caused a migrant worker to lose a hand in a freak accident at a factory in Tasek Industrial Zone in Ipoh.

Penang division MTUC secretary K. Veeriah (pic) said the incident occured on Friday (Oct 30).

He said from the scant information they had received, it appeared the victim had his hand caught in the rotating shift of the glove-washing brush tank of the company, resulting in his hand being severed at the wrist.

"Given the severity of the case, we are of the view that it is incumbent on the Department Of Safety And Health (DOSH) to undertake a thorough investigation into the incident.

"What we need to know is whether the company abdicated its fiduciary duty of care in complying with the safety standards so required of it," he said in a statement on Friday (Oct 30).

Veeriah said all hazardous operations, involving rotating blades, shafts and others needed to be installed with adequate preventive safeguards to avert any unwanted mishaps.

DOSH should investigate whether the company neglected its duty of care in the matter, he said.

"Though with a caveat, it is our view that if there had been a functioning sensory isolation switch system in place, the loss of limb could have been avoided," he said.

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