PETALING JAYA: The Federal Territory (FT) and Putrajaya Department of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH) have been ordered to probe the incident where a parapet wall slab from the ongoing highway construction fell and hit a car along the Middle Ring Road 2 (MRR2) in Bandar Tasik Selatan.
Deputy Human Resources Minister Awang Hashim said that the team will investigate the main reason behind the incident and whether there were any breaches under the Occupational Safety and Health Act 1994.
"FT and Putrajaya DOSH have issued a stop-order on all activities involving the installation of the parapet walls for the purpose of investigations," he said in a statement on Sunday (Sept 20).
During the 5.45 incident on Saturday (Sept 19), a woman was inches away from certain death, but instead escaped with just an injured left hand after the concrete slab from the construction of the Sungai Besi-Ulu Klang Elevated Expressway (SUKE) fell and hit her car.
"The 25-year-old woman, who was driving a Proton Saga, was rescued by members of the public before being sent to the Tuanku Muhkriz Chancellor Hospital (HUKM) for treatment," Cheras police chief ACP Mohd Mokhsein Mohamed Zon had told Bernama.
Meanwhile, Awang said according to the Occupational Safety and Health Act 1994, it is the responsibility of the employer to ensure safety, health and welfare of its employees, as well as the public during working hours.
"Employers have full control over any activities at the workplace, including to conduct risk analysis as well as an effective risk control plan, before allowing their staff to conduct any working activities.
"This is to reduce any form of safety risks on the workers and the public as well as to avoid any accidents," said Awang.
Aside from that, the Occupational Safety and Health in Construction Industry (Management) (OSHCIM) guidelines also require all related parties in the construction industry including clients, designers, and contractors, to play their roles responsibly at their workplace from the beginning until the end of the project, added the deputy minister.
"The ministry, via the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health (NCOSH) and DOSH, remains committed to improving the safety standards and improved worker's occupational safety inthe construction sector," he said.
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