Lam: Tragedy a reminder to ensure construction site safety


PETALING JAYA: Inclement wea­ther should never be used as an excuse for landslides, says National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health chairman Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye (pic).

Instead, he said, the relevant parties should look into their weaknesses and check on whether standard operating procedures were followed and safety procedures and legislation complied with.

Friday’s tragedy at a construction site in Paya Terubong, Penang, was another example of safety lapses and inadequate attention given to workers’ safety, he said.

“It is the result of poor occupational safety and health practices at worksites,” he said in a statement.

Lee said the time had come for those who bid for contracts to provide safety policy statements, implement “hazard identification, risk assessment and risk control principle, and also furnish information regarding the experience and safety training given to their employees”.

This would help workers and their supervisors identify risks and find ways to avoid them, he added.

Lee said safety and health aspects in the construction sector should be improved and given priority because these sites were categorised as dangerous zones, not just for the workers but also for people in the surrounding areas.

During the rainy season, for instance, he said these work sites should have regular inspections.

“All local councils must also initiate measures such as having more safety inspections and audits to prevent rain-related mishaps at construction sites.

“Among others, they must compel construction sites to implement mitigation plans to prevent and counter landslides, debris and mud floods,” he added.

Lee also said that comprehensive geological studies should be conducted before any hill slope development projects could begin.

The Consumers Association of Penang (CAP) called on the Penang government to put a stop to all work on hill-related construction projects until proper safety and environmental checks had been carried out.

Its president S.M. Mohd Idris said the landslide in Paya Terubong was another warning that people residing in areas near hill developments were living in danger.

“Despite a stop-work order having been issued by the Department of Occupational Health and Safety a few days ago in relation to a collapse of beams along the road project, it clearly shows that no safety and preventive measures were taken at the site to protect workers and prevent any mishaps,” he said in a statement.

Idris said a visit to the site of the landslide by CAP on Friday found clearings and barren steep slopes along the project site at almost 90°.

“There was no slope protection or soil stabilisation measures seen at the site, which is a clear invitation for disaster to happen,” he added.

Article type: metered
User Type: anonymous web
User Status:
Campaign ID: 46
Cxense type: free
User access status: 3
Join our Telegram channel to get our Evening Alerts and breaking news highlights

Environment , landslide , Penang

   

Next In Nation

Penang cops arrest suspect high on drugs who ran amok
Hisham: Immigration asked to review categories of applications without applying via ‘MyTravelPass’
Appreciate how and on what basis Malaysia Day was formed, says Sabah CM
Work together to rebuild the economy and livelihoods, Muhyiddin tells M’sians
PM says MA63 issues will be resolved, announces over RM9bil allocation for Sabah and Sarawak
Friday prayers allowed in KL, Putrajaya mosques with up to 500 congregants, says Jawi
EMCO extended in four areas in Pahang until Oct 1
Malaysia can overcome challenges if people remain united, says Selangor Sultan
Langkawi police: No compound notices issued on island resort’s first day of reopening
AirAsia: Full flight load to Langkawi signals strong rebound for domestic air travel

Stories You'll Enjoy


Vouchers