PETALING JAYA: More efforts must be done to implement necessary safety measures at road works’ sites, said Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye.
The National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) chairman said the latest tragic accident involving Balakong assemblyman Eddie Ng on Friday could have been avoided if the contractor involved with road works had taken all the necessary safety measures at their work sites.
“My condolences to Ng’s family.
“Following his death at km11.7 of Grand Saga Highway, Cheras, the highway authorities have put up warning signs on road works being carried out,” he said when contacted on Sunday.
Lee questioned why such warning sings were not put earlier.
“Why wait till a tragedy occur and then taking steps to rectify the situation. This is unacceptable,” he said.
Selangor Traffic Investigation and Enforcement department chief Supt Azman Shariat had said previously that the risk of road accidents has increased due to the lackadaisical attitude of contractors and workers who have not fully complied with safety guidelines and procedures during road maintenance works.
“I have been raising this subject over the years due to poor safety management of work sites during road maintenance works.
“Whenever road works are being carried out, contractors and workers concerned do not give much thought for public convenience and safety,” Lee said.
Lee said inadequate or poor warning signs and lighting especially at night has made it very hazardous or risky for road accidents.
“As a road user I also want to express my disappointment and dissatisfaction over the manner in which most contractors carry out road digging works and leave the road badly resurfaced after completing their works,” he said.
During the rainy season these work sites pose a danger to the public and accidents have occurred because of the lack of safety measures to warn motorists of the work in progress, he added.
Lee called on the relevant ministry to conduct a thorough review of all safety measures in respect of road construction or maintenance works to prevent more losses of innocent lives on roads.Local authorities should also set up safety audit units to help check on works being carried out by contractors and subcontractors concerning the construction and repair or maintenance works of roads,” he said.