Procedures of road-related sport events must be reviewed – NIOSH


National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) chairman Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye recently said that safety procedures regarding road-related sports events must be reviewed and checked for weaknesses, in light of the increasing popularity of events in the city such as marathons.

"The Malaysian Athletics Federation (MAF) and all organisations representing athletes should take this safety issue seriously and work with the authorities to draft and implement high standards for sports on roads," he said.

He was commenting on the case of a marathon runner Evelyn Ang, who passed away on Thursday after suffering a cranial fracture and bleeding in the brain from being hit by a car during the Klang City Inter­national Marathon in December last year.

Lee said accidents could be avoided if the parties concerned, especially the authorities and the organisers, were practicing good occupational safety and health management based on the concept of hazard identification, risk assessment and risk control (HIRARC).