Sunday, December 20, 2009

Workplace Accident: Amputation of Right Thumb

2 weeks ago, a worker came with Amputation of his Right Thumb at the base, alleged accidentally cut by a machine saw. This is a workplace accident and needs further investigation to find out the root cause as well as needs to be notified to DOSH by the employer.
For the worker, it will be the worst experience, he will grieve for the loss of his right thumb, worst still he is the right handed person. He appealed to the ortho. surgeon to rejoin his right thumb back. Yes, the surgeon tried but the difficult thing is- it occured at the joint line of his right thumb, the outcome would not be that successful in term of function and might be failed.
The impact of this loss incident is a trauma and a crisis experience in his life. He will in grief for a certain duration of time. While his thumb is badly injured, his mind is traumatised by the incident. What will his employer do to help him?

Wednesday, December 16, 2009



Today, at 2:30 pm I attended 2nd Fire Drill exercise conducted by Independent Oil Terminal Management (IOTM) at their LPG Terminal at Senari Port. The exercise took 1 hour with participation from Jabatan Bomba Dan Penyelamat and Kuching Port Authority. As a whole, the exercise has improved compare with last year exercise. Congratulation to IOTM!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009


Today (15 December,2009) I was invited by SHECOM of Pusat Makmal Bahan-Bahan (PMB), JKR at Tabuan Jaya Kuching to give a talk on Stress Management at 9:30 a.m.
My talk was entitled Occupational & Psychological Stress. My presentation is divided into two part : 1) Understand Stress 2) Basic Management of Stress.
I focused on 2 components of stress situation which is vital to understand in order to manage STRESS effectively. First component is the STRESSOR or source of stress. The first step in stress management is to identify the STRESSOR and decide whether it can be eliminate, modify or cannot at all. If the source can be eliminated and modified, it will make it easy to manage the stress. In some situation, the source cannot be changed at all for example loss event (death).So we have to be rational to accept it as a FACT in life. In this case, the strategy is to concentrate on the way you cope (response) with the situation. The approach will be individual and organizational.
Although the talk has a small crowd but during Q&A session, there were a lot of questions asked by the participants.

NIOSH : Best OSH Practice Seminar

On 14 December, 2009 I presented one topic entitled : Hazards & Risk @ Workplace : Identification, Prevention and Rectification at Merdeka Palace, Kuching. I shared the concept of HRA (Health Risk Assessment) that was practiced by SHELL as one good practice in handling health hazards at workplace. According to NIOSH Kuching, the total number of participants were 70 with many registered at last minute.

Friday, December 11, 2009


On the 8 December, 2009 I have a privilege to give a health talk on occupational hazard to the workers of Brooke DockYard, Kuching. The topic of my health talk is on Noise at workplace. Around 20 workers were attending the talk. Few questions were asked by the participants.