Deadly development: Fire Department personnel inspecting the scene of the deadly collapse in Ulu Tiram, Johor.
JOHOR BARU: Two Indonesian workers were crushed to death when a slab of wet cement floor collapsed on them at a supermarket construction site at Taman Pelangi Indah, Ulu Tiram here.
Known only as Asmawi, 27, and Aripen, 24, they were working on a cracked cemented floor at about 3.30pm on Saturday when tragedy struck.
Johor Baru South OCPD Asst Comm Zainuddin Yaacob said the site supervisor had instructed the two workers to repair a cracked beam on the first floor of the building.
“While repairing the crack, the wet concrete ceiling above the beam collapsed on top of them,” he said, adding that they died at the scene of the incident.
Johor Fire and Rescue Department (operations) deputy assistant director Mohd Rizal Buang said a team of 24 firemen rushed to the scene after receiving a distress call at about 3.50pm.
“We had to use a crane and an excavator to retrieve the bodies which were trapped in a stack of hardening cement.
“It took us almost six hours to find Asmawi’s body among the huge pile of cement and another 10 minutes to free the body from the dried cement stack,” he said.
He said that Aripen’s body was only found at about 12.50am and it took the firemen another hour to retrieve the body.
The department is investigating the cause of the incident while the victims’ bodies had been sent to the Sultanah Aminah Hospital for a post-mortem.