THE Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) is concerned about the frequency of accidents happening at logging camps throughout the country and has called on companies to put in place safety measures to minimize fatalities at the camps.
“The latest fatal accident is that of the Malaysian Camp Manager at the MEGA Logging Camp at Fulo in West Dorio in the Malaita Province yesterday (21 November 2018).
The Camp Manager died after the rim on the tyre of the loader machine he was pumping flew out and hit him, killing him instantly,” says Supervising RSIPF Commissioner, Juanita Matanga.
She adds: “It was only a couple of weeks ago that another foreign national died at a logging camp during a road accident in West Rennell.”
“I want to call on all logging companies in the country to institute safety measures at their logging companies and ensure that all their vehicles are in good working order to reduce the chances of accidents,” says Supervising Commissioner Matanga.
“I also urge provincial governments to consider proposing bye-laws to minimize accidents at the logging camps.”
Supervising Commissioner Matanga explains: “Police cannot be at the logging camps all the time so the responsibility rests on the management of the companies to make sure whatever safety measures are adhered to in order to minimize any chances of an accident.”