Platforms installed at Kepong project site to stop falling debris

  • Metro News
  • Friday, 08 Mar 2019

Yee (left) and Hoi showing the newly added wooden layer on the roof of the walkway.

THE main contractor of Mizumi Residences has introduced additional safety measures at its construction site in Taman Tasik Metropolitan, Kepong, to prevent debris from falling on pedestrians.

Falling debris had created several holes on the roof of a jogging track less than 10m away from the construction site earlier.

“We understand the danger posed by falling debris to residents using the jogging track,” said Binastra Construction Sdn Bhd operation manager Sam Hoi.

“That is why we are installing temporary double-layered platforms every five levels in order to catch any building materials that may fall,” he added.

On Tuesday, Kepong Community Service Centre head Yee Poh Ping lodged a complaint with the local authority about the lack of safety measures at the site.

Inspections on that day revealed visible damage, with a piece of plywood seen piercing through the roof.

The next morning, Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) issued a stop-work order at the construction site.Only the installation of safety precautions were allowed during this period.

The contractor has since repaired damage to the roof.

“Besides fixing the roof, we have added another layer of wood between the two layers of awning.

“We are going to extend the length of the roof by another 50m to cover the entire jogging track in the near future,” said Hoi.

He added that the roof would be a permanent feature of the walkway even after the construction was completed.

“The roof can shelter the joggers from getting soaked by the rain,” he said.

Upon completion, the 42-storey Mizumi Residences would consist of three blocks of apartments with 1,512 units in total.

“I hope DBKL will continue to monitor their operations and make sure that all workers are following standard operating procedures,” said Yee.

He added that priority should be the health and safety of the public because the park has many joggers and cyclists in the morning.

“It would be too late to point the finger at anyone if a tragedy occurs. We appreciate the contractor’s quick actions to rectify the situation,” he said.

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