SUKE incident: Works Ministry calls for stern action

THE Ministry of Works has said it takes the incident at the Sungai Besi-Ulu Klang Elevated Expressway (SUKE) yesterday seriously and ordered stern action to be taken.

At 5.45 pm yesterday, a concrete panel on the side wall of a bridge at the Besi-Ulu Kelang Expressway (SUKE) construction project, crashed onto a vehicle and injured a woman near Bandar Tasik Selatan, in Kuala Lumpur.

“Such an incident should not have occurred. The ministry will not compromise on public safety, hence firm action will be taken based on the results of the investigation,” the ministry said in a press statement today.

According to the statement, the ministry has also ordered the Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) and Malaysian Highway Authority to conduct a comprehensive audit immediately on construction works involving public safety.

The ministry highlighted, it was utmost important for construction workers to not only understand but to fully implement safety measures at workplace at all times – before, during and after construction.

Immediate action has been taken, whereby MRCB Builders, who is the main contractor, had issued a stop work order to sub-contractor Makna Setia Sdn Bhd and the incident spot was closed for investigation.

The Parapet is being removed by the Emergency Response Team of SUKE while the developer is checking on other parapet wall slabs for safety purposes.

Meanwhile, Federal Territories Minister Annuar Musa has ordered the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) and related agencies to review the regulations at construction sites to further tighten safety aspects involving the public, Bernama news agency reported today.

“I want DBKL and the relevant agencies to tighten the safety aspects at construction sites as well as other matters related to public safety.

“Review the rules including stiffer penalties,” Annuar was quoted as saying. – Sept 20. 2020

 

 

 

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