Safety issues

Tuimasi Lote Masitabua,Suva | Thursday, February 15, 2018
Coming from an institution and industry that is continuously updated and has to upgrade certain aspects in Occupation Health and Safety, I question the administration that addresses OHS issues if every company local and foreign engaged in Fiji are governed by the same set of laws.

I believe currently, you can witness construction work in progress at various sites in the Capital City and suburbs.

Even Sunday is no longer a day of repose, however, the concern I would like to highlight are on safety issues:

* Workmen with shorts, vests, slippers and flip flops;

* Those working above the height of two metres who are prone to falls not equipped with safety harness;

* Workers living in construction sites that should not be occupied; and

* Stormwater and waste drainage systems that are terminated once it is out of their property.

These are just a few notable concerns which I have observed and I believe a thorough inspection would reveal more lax practices being condoned within some sites.

Even though the upsurge in the construction industry augurs well for business and the country's economy, it is imperative that there is some ordinance to rules and regulations that we must all adhere to.

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