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Letters To The Editor, 06th March 2017

Letters To The Editor, 06th March 2017
March 06
14:43 2017

Employers should provide safety hazard wear in workplace

Satish Nakched, Suva

Many organisations where there are hazards and risks that exist at the workplace need to have the required personal protective equipment worn. This minimises the chance of injuries and even death.

If a workplace has a condition which gives rise to reasonable and foreseeable risk to health or safety all practicable measures, it must be controlled.

This can be done through the provision and use of the PPE or clothing.

It is noted with concern that many construction sites, garages and other hazardous workplaces in the country employ people on the condition that they provide their own safety boots before the commencement of employement.

Some organisations have arrangements to deduct in installments on a weekly basis until the full amount is paid for. Few workplaces opt for a one-off deduction from the salary.

This only happens when the workers and the employers are not aware of the laws and do what they think is right.

I believe the employees are unfairly victimised and will only be employed if they pay for their personal protective equipments.

Many workers are seen at a hazardous sites actually in flip flops and I believe injuries have occurred but not reported.

Ignorance of such fact of not reporting is an offence itself but the system is not very effective because of the non-compliance and policing by the relevant authorities.

If you believe that by wearing the PPE such as safety boots and clothing of approved standards will control or minimise the risk from potential hazards then it the employer’s duty to provide the equipment free of charge to the workers.

The PPE will be the property of the employer and can be in many forms such as dustcoats, hand gloves, safety glasses and many others. It is very important for the employees and the employers to be familiar with their duties and must work in consultation with each other to solve or minimise any workplace hazard.


The small grant’s window of opportunities

Sachida Rao, Nausori

Once upon a time there lived a king who was very hardworking. The king tried to provide for all his subjects.

As a result, the king made provisions for roads, hospitals, schools, water supplies, electricity and many other benefits. The king went on to take many responsibilities for the people.

One day, the king gave 1000 bean seeds to five of his subjects. The recipients became very happy. One of them made curry out of that. Another gave some to his friends and family members.

The next one made a trip to the city.

The next one kept it in an air-tight container.

The fifth one planted the seeds, harvested a good yield, replanted, and doubled its yields. He had so much of beans that he started to sell. He got motivated, he began to export.

Now the middleman would come over to buy the stock from his farm. He introduced new varieties of beans.

Later, he made a processing factory and became one of the leading producers of legumes.

Guess what! Who came to do the opening of the processing factory?

Yes, it was the same king. Dear readers, the Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama through small grants under Government’s Micro and Small Business Grants initiative has given a good amount to quite a good number of people.

With this financial assistance and the right wisdom, surely, one can become a leading tycoon in any industry over a period of time.

A little gesture to all those who have received the grant. The PM has laid the foundation and has placed the ball in your court.



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