Occupational safety is important
I am sure you have all heard about the accident at ICC which left six workers dead. I was shocked by the tragedy.
It reminded me of other industrial accidents which have cost many lives. These reports always make me sad.
Although the Labour Department has taken the initiative to promote occupational safety, accidents are still happening, and the sad thing is such accidents could be prevented. For example, in the ICC incident, it was reported that the lift platform was used for storage. This is not what it was designed for.
Six people tragically lost their lives through someone's carelessness. The government should take responsibility to prevent such terrible accidents in future.
Sunny Chan, STFA Tam Pak Yu College
From the Editor
Thanks for your letter, Sunny. Everyone was shocked about the ICC incident, and it serves as a reminder to us that, despite the tragedy, we are among the luckiest people in the world.
Over the weekend, more than 100 people died and tens of thousands were made homeless by flooding in the Philippines. We remember the tragedy of the Sichuan earthquake and the Boxing Day tsunami, and we realise that we live in one of the safest places in the world.
Not only that, our government keeps our city running so smoothly we don't even suffer electricity or water cuts. Each time we flip a switch, we have light. Each time we turn on a tap, we have water. When we go to the supermarket, there is an abundance of food from all over the world.
So, while we mourn the loss of those six workers, we must also give thanks that our city is so secure and that our government does such a great job of looking after us all.