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BRIGHT SPARKLERS FIREWORK DISASTER
Transcript of BRIGHT SPARKLERS FIREWORK DISASTER
MUHAMMAD ZAKI IKRAM BIN BAKRI (15011002)
KHAIRUL FIKRI BIN AHMAD ZAINI (15011023)
ZAID HARITH BIN ZAINULLAH (15011016)
Bright Sparklers Firework Factory, Sungai Buloh
Also known as “ Hiroshima Sungai Buloh”
Changed the landscape of our country.
7 May 1991 , Tuesday
– A massive explosion came from the factory
– Second explosion
– Third explosion, the biggest explosion among the three, could be heard in 4 km radius.
In the next hours, at least another 20 explosions happened at the scene, resulting in heavy smoke that can be seen 8 km away from the factory.
– Flame reignited at the scene during search and rescue. Firemen quickly put it out.
Search and rescue team found 21 victims, one of them was a chemist from Hong Kong who worked at the factory.
9th May 1991, Wednesday
Rain at the place caused a new hazard. Rain caused chemical reactions that produced toxic gas.
Rescue teams and other personnel were asked to evacuate the place. 50 people reported had breathing difficulties due to the poisonous gas. No death reported.
16th May 1991, Thursday
“Operation Api Buluh” was launched for cleanup and transferring the chemical waste from the factory.
More burnt corpses were found during the operation.
Toxic gas spread to nearby neighbourhood. Some people reported breathing difficulty at nearby hospital and clinics.
At the end of the day, the authorities manage to contain any further damage.
Cause of Accident
Workers’ negligence – During testing, the workers ignored the safety instruction and did not do the testing at the designated place. Testing gone wrong, thus creating explosion in a room full with fireworks.
Poor administration – The factory admin failed to provide proper workplace, the factory was old and should have been renovated. Question mark were raised whether the factory is licensed or not. The admin also took many illegal workers.
Poor facilities – Lacked of proper fire equipment.
The Disaster Caused :
103 badly injured
50 firemen reported breathing difficulty
Nearby factories also been hit
The authorities must monitor factories frequently. Enforce stricter laws so that factories administrations do not ignore safety precautions
Administrations must recruit trained workers. Or send workers to proper training and education before they started working.
Workers must follow all the rules and guidelines that has been set up for the safety of the factory.
Every factories need a proper emergency plan and equipments to reduce the damage.
The Effect of Bright Sparkler
Policy change at National Level. Firework factories around Malaysia were forced to shut down due to illegalize of fireworks.
HAZMAT units were created on 29th October 1992
Occupational Safety & Health Act 1994 was passed at the Parliament
The tragedy had raised the eyebrow of many, with the safety and health subject became more important.
The safety and health of the workers and working place need to be put as number one priority everywhere.
The authorities also need to be proactive in monitoring illegal factories.
Must not let the tragedy happened again.