Construction worker trapped and feared dead after Tenaga substation collapses

KUALA LUMPUR: A construction worker was trapped and feared dead after part of the third floor of a Tenaga Nasional substation that is under construction collapsed.

In the 5.30pm incident on Tuesday (Jan 9), part of the floor slab of the third floor collapsed on one of the workers, who is yet to be identified.

City Fire and Rescue Department director Khirudin Drahman said rescuers had a tough time reaching the victim who was trapped underneath large amounts of scaffolding and debris.

"A lot of time was spent on removing the rubble, mostly the scaffolding and metal beams which posed a danger to the rescuers.

"They also faced a problem when they found out the recently layered concrete from the highest floor of the building as well as the third floor were unstable," he said when contacted on Tuesday.

He said rescuers have removed most of the rubble at this stage and are working to break the solidified concrete around the victim to reach him.

Tenaga Nasional issued a statement saying that it is investigating the extent of the damage due to the collapse.

Mass Rapid Transit Corporation Sdn Bhd (MRT Corp) also clarified that the accident is not related to the Klang Valley MRT Project.

MRT Corp Director of Public Relations and Stakeholder Relations Datuk Najmuddin Abdullah said the construction of the MRT Sungai Buloh-Kajang Line, which the Cochrane MRT Station is part of, was completed and opened to the public in July 2017.

"There is no longer any construction work being undertaken my MRT Corp or any of its contractors at the Cochrane MRT Station site. So the substation which is currently under construction by Tenaga Nasional Berhad is not part of the MRT project," he said.

Nevertheless, MRT Corp wished to express regret over the incident and said it would pray that there was no major injury or loss of life as a result of what had happened.

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