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May 19, 2011

Neglecting H&S

Doing my KBAM PMA and choose H&S as my asset management gives preliminary insight that many organizations still has put less consideration to this very important aspect. Perhaps, I would say most issues happen in developing country. I remember when I discuss with a friend of mine about construction workers that work without wearing safety equipment and they work 10 meter high from the ground with no protection at all. My friend told me that those workers are paid by numbers of items in construction part finished. Thus, by wearing that safety equipment it will make them works slower and again they not able to finish enough items and get money they wanted. It’s quite pathetic situation, since no parties has consider this aspect to protect their most valuable, people, from serious injuries or even casualties that lead to dead. Although there are rules and laws in place, but it doesn’t help to make those company to comply. I figure out from some literatures were arguing that H&S is very costly investment and complex process since the return will limited in intangible perspective, company image and perspective and require series of systematic approach that start from risk assessment to determine control mechanism in order to maintain any hazard or risk controllable. In the context of knowledge management, those organization seems doesn’t learn from series of events or accidents that happened and choose to continue that practice for sake profitability.

It’s quite interesting that there are huge gap between developed and developing country regarding this matter. What I saw during my time here, workers are always consider health and safety as the most important aspect and people here tend to reject any works which jeopardize their safety. While, in developing countries, they will accept any kind of jobs as long as meet their economic of scale calculation.

Hopefully, by going through this PMA I will get more and more learning why this matter bothers by many organizations.


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