Seeking help from DOSH officers

  • Metro News
  • Thursday, 15 Aug 2019

PPR Kerinchi Block C Residents Association chairman Mohd Yusoff Ibrahim (left) with residents of PPR Kerinchi in Kuala Lumpur inspecting the lift which crashed from the fifth floor. — Filepic

ALL future inspections and maintenance of lifts under the care of Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) should be done in the presence of Occupational Safety and Health Department (DOSH) officers, said Federal Territories Minister Khalid Abdul Samad.

His statement comes following an incident involving a lift that crashed at PPR Kerinchi in Kuala Lumpur on Aug 2, which injured eight people when it plunged from the fifth floor.

This was despite the fact that the lift underwent regular maintenance by DBKL and had a lifting equipment certificate (Sijil Permit Mesin Angkat) from DOSH that was valid until January 2020.

However, Khalid said DOSH had limited number of officers to oversee occupational safety and health matters in the entire country.

“DBKL officers are checking the records to see if all lifts under its responsibility are properly maintained and have valid certificates.

“The records we rely on are submissions made by the contractors. This is done for them to collect payment. DBKL officers only oversee some lift maintenance work because it is impractical to oversee each and every project done by contractors.

“It is important that all lift manufacturers and contractors are certified, and practise professionalism to ensure work is done properly, ” he said after launching the Waterski World Championship in Putrajaya.

Khalid said the forensic report by DOSH on the cause of the lift incident would be ready by Aug 16.

It is believed that the fail-safe protection brakes, which should have kicked in when the car speeds more than usual, ceased to work when the lift fell from the fifth floor of Block C.

Four of the injured suffered broken legs – including a 10-year-old boy – while the rest sustained injuries to their ankles.

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