Wednesday, June 09, 2021

Workers can sue workplace owners for damages, after even getting SOCSO benefits? Name the factory/business please? DOSH investigation?

Workplace Cluster Jalan Equine in Petaling, Selangor (29 cases) - what is the name of the factory/business that is this workplace cluster? 


If we know this, then ALL of us can immediately exercise caution and stay away from workers from these particular factory/workplace at least for 14 days...

FOR WORKERS, it is very important for them to know that they have been infected at the Workplace - this is important so that they can claim SOCSO/PERKESO or workplace insurances, and get the needed benefits easily. [If not some insurance companies may claim that they were infected somewhere else]

REMEMBER, that a worker who gets SOCSO and/or work insurance benefits STILL CAN SUE THE EMPLOYER/OWNER OF WORKPLACE for additional damages and compensations.

THUS, when a worker gets Covid-19 at the workplace, the Department of Safety and Health(DOSH) and other relevant government departments must immediately INVESTIGATE and determine whether the employer/owner of the workplace has been in full compliance of the laws that requires the employer/owner to provide a SAFE AND HEALTHY WORKING ENVIRONMENT - if the employer was found to be in breach of the law, this would have resulted an increased RISK - hence, the infected worker can SUE for higher damages/compensation from their employer/owner.

NOW, if this factory/business was not an original 'essential service' business, but one that got SPECIAL EXEMPTION from MITI or some other Minister, then the worker may also be able to SUE the said Minister, Ministry and government for damages as well...

When MITI and other Ministries allow 'non-essential' companies to operate undermining objective of 14-day MCO? 128,150 companies with some 1.57 million employees?

When a worker gets infected at Covid-19, then AUTOMATICALLY, the workplace must be shut down, and all workers quarantined, be it home quarantine or other wise for 14 days - not for any lesser period. 

WHY 14 DAYS - well, the government itself has acknowledged that immediate testing of whether one is infected is not enough.

14 days quarantine - why not immediate release after the person tested is found to be negative. Well, the reason is that a person infected may not be detected by tests a few days after infection - He/she may show negative results until maybe much later, the 10th, 12th day....Now, quarantine period for persons arriving in Malaysia from certain countries have been extended to 21 days...

Therefore, when we read of people being tested for Covid - one wonders whether they are also re-tested after the 12th day of contact with an infected?

The current strict nation-wide MCO is for 14 days - but the effectiveness may already be compromised by so many 'exemptions' granted to businesses, which reasonably are 'non-essential'...

There have been so many WORKPLACE CLUSTERS - which reasonably would mean, the first infection that infects many others started at that workplace, and now fellow workers(and maybe even their family members are all getting infected)...

REMEMBER, THE WORKER CAN SUE THE EMPLOYER/OWNER OF THE WORKPLACE FOR DAMAGES/COMPENSATIONS - this is over and above the benefits the workers may have got from SOCSO/PERKESO or any other work insurance schemes.

Now, those who gets later infected from such 'workplace clusters' reasonably can also SUE the employer/owner of the factory where it all started - this can include friends and family that were infected by Covid-19 that were in close contact with a worker who got Covid-19 from their workplace.

15 of the 24 new clusters are from workplaces, says Health D-G

Ragananthini Vethasalam

There are 730 active clusters in the country, including 24 new ones reported today, says Health Ministry director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah. – The Malaysian Insight pic by Hasnoor Hussain, June 8, 2021.

WORKPLACES accounted for more than half of the 24 new Covid-19 clusters reported by the Health Ministry today.

Health Ministry director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said there were 15 workplace clusters on the list today.

They were:

1) Jalan Satu Olak Dua in Kuala Langat, Selangor (six cases)

2) Jalan Equine in Petaling, Selangor (29 cases)

3) Jalan Enam C in Hulu Langat, Klang, Petaling and Sepang, Selangor (21 cases)

4) Bukit Rahman Lapan in Gombak, Selangor (19 cases)

5) Coral in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah (nine cases)

6) Ocean Blue in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah (99 cases)

7) Segara in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah (11 cases)

8) Industri Tanjung Agas in Tangkak, Johor (eight cases)

9) Jalan Kesang in Tangkak, Johor (19 cases)

10) Dah Mahang Merah in Kulim and Kuala Muda, Kedah (19 cases)

11) Muda 2 construction site in Titiwangsa, Kuala Lumpur (33 cases)

12) Jalan Alamanda Presint Satu in Putrajaya (11 cases)

13) Jalan Seruling in Seberang Perai Selatan (23 cases)

14) Jalan Kota Jelasin in Kota Baru and Tumpat, Kelantan (10 cases)

15) Jalan Sri Jaafar in Bentong, Pahang (32 cases)

The Segara cluster was discovered at an oil rig while Jalan Alamanda Presint Satu cluster involved workers of a restaurant.

The other workplace clusters were discovered at factories, companies and public institutions.

Apart from the workplace clusters, health authorities also reported five new community clusters.

The community clusters were:

1) Kg Bundu in Kuala Penyu, Sabah (39 cases)

2) Tg Aru Baru in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah (30 cases)

3) Ulu Teru in Miri and Beluru, Sarawak (46 cases)

4) Ulu Sebakong in Mukah, Sarawak (61 cases)

5) Rantau Kenanga in Hilir, Perak (39 cases)

The Ulu Sebakang cluster was linked to a funeral.

Rounding up the list of clusters today were the Jalan Logah Segamat religious activities cluster and the Teluk Kabung, Jalan Melang and Jalan Cempedak 2 clusters which involved high-risk communities.

Jalan Cempedak 2 (17 cases) in Kepong was detected following screening of residents of an old folks’ home while Teluk Kabung (47 cases) involved residents of a shelter.

The Jalan Melang cluster in Kuala Pilah, Negeri Sembilan, which saw 47 cases involved staff of a medical centre.

Noor Hisham said there are currently 730 active clusters in the country. – June 8, 2021, Malaysian Insight


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