Looking at the fire in KWSP Building yesterday, preliminary findings showed that the cause of fire was believed to be created from sparks during maintenance work on the first floor of the building.The sparks landed on the External claddings of the building, made from poly foam. This issue need to be pondered upon:
Why there were sparks. Cause Sparks originated from maintenance work. Maintenance work such as welding, cutting, drilling by Maintenance workers, could be contractors. Is there any safety programs to control contractor works such as Safety Induction, Contractor Permit To Work (PTW) n Hot Work Permit? Do u know sparks can get trapped inside sponge or foam and then slowly over a period of time can cause a fire after the contractor leaves their workplace upon job completion. That's why inside the Hot Work Permit (Permit for doing Welding Cutting Grinding) there is 1 item to be checked, which is the PIC has to inspect the Hot Work place within 15 min upon completion of the Hot Work.
On a negative thought, I suspect there is NO Contractor Safety Management Program here.
However the BOMBA top official so far has only stressed about “spark” as the source of ignition and the fuel source was Polyfoam as per seen in the newspaper. Since fire investigation is still in the early stage, issues of Hot Work Management procedure, unsafe act and monitoring and surveillance was not yet emphasised. As such let’s look into our own contractors activities and MSOSH is willing to assist any Goverment agencies in setting up the Contractor Safety Management Program.
KHAIRUDDIN BIN HAIRAN
MALAYSIAN SOCIETY FOR OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH