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OSHA tells workers: Report anomalies

WORKERS should ask questions if they see any indication of danger that could compromise their safety or health in the workplace, Occupational Safety and Health Administration compliance safety and health officer Raj Sundram said in a meeting with Filipino workers on Friday.

“If you are not sure, ask questions,” he said, as he also encouraged workers to report to OSHA any violation of safety or health standards in their workplace.

He said workers can send pictures of the “anomalies” at their places of work.

According to Sundram, OSHA will keep the names of the workers confidential while addressing their complaints.

Sundram met with Filipino workers in Azucena Hall at the Fiesta Resort & Spa. The meeting was also attended by representatives from various businesses on island, including engineering and architectural firms, construction companies, hotels, logistics and shipping companies, among others.

Honorary Philippine Consul to the CNMI Glicerio “Eli” Arago said Sundram is investigating the case of the three workers who died while working in a manhole on July 7, 2017.

Occupational Safety and Health Administration compliance safety and health officer Raj Sundram conducts an outreach session on safety and health at the workplace with Filipino workers, Friday, at the Fiesta Resort.  Photo by Junhan B. Todiño

“He asked if we could arrange for an outreach for Filipino workers,” Arago said.

“We want to ensure that everyone is working in a healthy and safe environment. If they are exposed to hazards and there’s imminent danger in the work place they should report it immediately,” he added.

During the meeting, Sundram emphasized the importance of complying with safety and health standards.

He said more than 4,000 Americans die from workplace injuries every year, adding that most of these injuries are due to falls or electrocution.

As many as 50,000 workers in the U.S. including territories, die from illnesses in which workplace exposure to hazardous materials are a contributing factor, he added.

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