Contradicting versions emerge in Ferris wheel mishap

The Star Online, 31 December 2013

GEORGE TOWN: Contradicting versions have emerged over the Ferris wheel mishap at the Penang Pesta fairground, where a six-year-old boy fell and slipped into a coma.

While the Euro Wheel operator insisted that Mohamad Khairul Naimme Abu Kassim had not fallen from the ride, his father claimed that the workers had allowed him in.

The operator, who wished to be known as Kher, said he had no idea how the boy had entered the ride area and from where he had fallen off.

“We will never allow a child to take the ride by himself. The minimum height is 1.2m and children must be accompanied by adults – with tickets,” he said at the site yesterday

No one, he said, could open the gondola’s door from the inside, adding that the boy would have died if he had fallen from the top as the wheel was 30m high.

Kher said during the 12.50am incident on Saturday, the workers had parked the gondolas back into position after ensuring that there were no more passengers.

“That was when they heard a loud thud and saw the boy below the platform where passengers hop onto the gondolas,” he said, adding that he had been operating the Euro Wheel for the past 20 years at Penang Pesta.

However, food trader Abu Kassim Yacob, 41, insisted that his son was on the Euro Wheel and had not sneaked in as he was well known by workers at the fair.

Meanwhile, Khairul Naimme’s mother, Saadiah Samsudin, 40, said her son had been looking forward to starting Year One on Thursday.

“He had been so excited to go to school as his sister is also studying in SK Kebun Sireh,” she said in between sobs.

A check at the Penang Hospital yesterday showed that the boy was in stable condition at the pediatric intensive care unit.

George Town OCPD Asst Comm Gan Kong Meng said the police were still waiting for reports from the Pesta management, the operator, the Penang Municipal Council (MPPP) and the Occupational Safety and Health Department (DOSH) to help in the investigation.

The case, he added, was being probed under Section 338 of the Penal Code.

Penang DOSH director Mohd Anuar Embi said the operator had been issued with a notice for the ride to cease operating immediately.

The Penang Pesta ends today.

DOSH, he said, had also inspected all the rides before the Pesta started and found no problems with the Euro Wheel.

State Financial Officer Datuk Mokhtar Jait said both the father and the fun park operator Green City Amusement Fair Enterprise had lodged police reports.



Father of boy who fell off Ferris wheel may take legal action against operator

 Borneo Post Online, 31 December 2013

GEORGE TOWN: The father of a six-year-old boy who slipped into a coma after falling off a Ferris wheel (Euro Wheel) at the Penang festival in Sungai Nibong on Sunday wants to take legal action against the company that manages the Euro Wheel at the fair.

Abu Kassim Yaacob, 41, said he was disappointed with the management for failing to offer an explanation for the mishap.

“I do not know how my fell from the wheel and when I asked the operators of the wheel, I was not given a clear answer. They said they were not aware that my son was in the hospital,” he told reporters at the Penang Hospital, here yesterday.

However, his main concern now was the condition of his son, Mohamad Khairul Naimme, 6, who was said to have regained conscious.

Abu Kassim, a shopkeeper at the fair, had lodged a police report a few hours after the incident when notified that his son had fell off the Ferris wheel on Sunday.

He said his son was admitted to the Penang Hospital yesterday after slipping into a coma with internal injuries, including to his kidney and lungs.

Meanwhile, the Penang Department of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH) director Mohd Anuar Embi when contacted said an investigation would be carried out immediately.

“We are investigating the incident from various angles,” he said. — Bernama



Boy falls from Ferris wheel

 The Star Online, 30 December 2013


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Still in operation: The Ferris wheel at the Penang Pesta in Sungai Nibong, George Town.

GEORGE TOWN: A six-year-old boy slipped into a coma after falling off a Ferris wheel at the Penang Pesta fairground in Sungai Nibong here.

Mohamad Khairul Naimme Abu Kassim was on the ride alone without his parents’ supervision.

The boy was rushed to Penang Hospital with internal injuries and warded at the intensive care unit for observation, said George Town deputy OCPD Supt Ismail Toh Idris.

The boy’s mother, Saadiah Samsudin, 40, said the doctors had to remove the left kidney as it was damaged due to the impact of the fall.

“He is still in a coma and he also has other internal injuries.

“All I want now is for him to recover,” she said through tears.

She added that she was not at the scene when the incident happened.

“He followed his father to work as usual and I never expected such a thing to happen,” she said.

The child’s father, a shopkeeper at the fair, lodged a police report a few hours after the incident.

The operator of the ferris wheel, who wanted to be known only as Kher, 50, claimed that the boy had climbed in via the railing to get on the ride.

“He didn’t purchase a ticket and my workers didn’t notice him.

“If he had gone through the counter, we would have stopped him,” he said.

Kher said his workers heard a loud “thud” and were shocked when they saw the boy lying on the ground in the 12.50am incident yesterday.

“Up until now, no one knows exactly how the boy managed to get on the ride and how he fell,” he added.

Supt Ismail said the police will rope in the Department of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH) to help in the investigation.

The police have recorded statements from three caretakers of the ride.

“There were 21 baskets and it was the last round,” said Supt Ismail, adding that the caretakers said only four baskets were occupied for the ride.

“The caretakers claimed they had ensured all passengers had left the baskets (at the end of the ride). They said they did not know when the boy had sneaked in for the ride,” he added.

A check last night showed that the Ferris wheel was still operational, with a long line of people waiting in line for the ride.

State Welfare, Caring Society and Environment Committee chairman Phee Boon Poh said the state would conduct an internal investigation into the incident, including how the boy managed to hop on the ride.

He added that all the rides were checked by the state DOSH before the fair was first opened to the public.


'Overworking invites illness'

 The New Straits Times Online, 30 December 2013

MENTAL HEALTH ISSUE: Work stress can reduce productivity, MTUC reminds employers

KUALA LUMPUR: THERE is a need for employers to look into the mental health of their workers to ensure that while they maintain productivity at work, they also enjoy a happy and healthy life.

Malaysian Trades Union Congress (MTUC) president Mohd Khalid Atan said overworking may cause employees to experience mental health problems due to work stress and pressure, leading to weak performance and low productivity.

"When employees are overworked, it is an invitation to illnesses. This is a loss to both their families and employers," he told the New Straits Times yesterday.

He advised employees to take advantage of the annual leave entitlement given to them by their company, and told employers not to prevent their workers from going on leave.

"The annual leave (entitlement) is part of an employees' rights and the company should not restrict them from taking a break. That is when employees get to unwind and spend more time with their families."

National Institute of Occupational Safety and Healthy (Niosh) chairman Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye said it was important for employers to pay serious attention to the promotion of mental health at the workplace to enhance the productivity of their workforce.

"Mental health at the workplace should be given due attention, as the productivity of the staff in any organisation depends on their mental health.

"Neglecting mental health and psychosocial factors at the workplace is not only detrimental to the individual, but also directly affects the productivity, efficiency and output of any enterprise," Lee said in a statement.

He said it was time the government considered introducing guidelines for mental health. It was also vital to fully understand all stress factors affecting employees, Lee said, adding that employers should examine and formulate a fundamental programme focusing on identifying problems at the workplace related to poor mental health.

He suggested employers should improve the work environment to make it conducive and introduce sustained measures for mental health promotion.

A recent Jobstreet survey revealed Malaysians were overworking and did not have a good work-life balance.

The New Sunday Times yesterday reported that almost 70 per cent of Malaysian employees spend between two and five hours beyond their official work hours every day, with 63 per cent admitting to not spending enough time with their families because of long working hours. The report also revealed that 54 per cent of employees did not get the chance to finish their annual leave entitlement.


GKV Logistic adakan simulasi kemalangan jalan raya mantapkan kecekapan kakitangan

 Utusan Online, 28 December 2013

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Anggota bomba melakukan semburan air ke lori tangki bagi mengelak kebakaran dalam simulasi kemalangan anjuran syarikat GKV Logistic Sdn. Bhd, di Jalan Bypass, Port Dickson, Negeri Sembilan, semalam

TELOK KEMANG 27 Dis. - Bagi meningkatkan mutu dan tahap kepantasan pasukan keselamatan dan penyelamat dalam menghulurkan bantuan kecemasan, syarikat GKV Logistic Sdn. Bhd. hari ini menjalankan simulasi kemalangan jalan raya.

Ketua Operasi syarikat itu, P. Tamilselvan memberitahu, latihan berkenaan bertujuan memantapkan kesiapsiagaan kakitangan mereka sekiranya berdepan dengan situasi kecemasan apatah lagi melibatkan bahan-bahan kimia mudah terbakar.

Malah katanya, latihan ini sekali gus dapat mengasah kecekapan selain mengeratkan hubungan antara pihak berkuasa dalam menghulurkan bantuan ketika berlaku kemalangan.

"Simulasi kemalangan bermula pukul 9.25 pagi melibatkan sebuah van jenis Perodua Rusa, sebuah motosikal Honda EX5 dan sebuah lori tangki syarikat dengan muatan bahan gas cecair.

"Dari sinilah kita akan melihat kecekapan kakitangan kita dibantu beberapa anggota pasukan penyelamat dalam menangani situasi cemas ini. Apa yang dapat kita lihat simulasi ini berjalan dengan baik dan tersusun," katanya.

Menurut Tamilselvan, antara pasukan penyelamat yang terlibat adalah Jabatan Bomba dan Penyelamat, Jabatan Pertahanan Awam Malaysia (JPAM), Polis Diraja Malaysia (PDRM), Hospital Besar Port Dickson (HPD) serta Jabatan Keselamatan dan Kesihatan Pekerjaan Malaysia (JKKP).

Malah katanya, simulasi tersebut disifatkan berjaya apabila setiap pasukan memainkan peranan masing-masing melaksanakan tugas dan mengetahui tindakan seterusnya bagi menyelamat mangsa ketika kejadian itu.

"Kita akan membuat satu kajian untuk mengadakan latihan secara berterusan pada masa depan bagi mewujudkan kemahiran dan kesepakatan antara pasukan penyelamat," katanya.

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