Works Ministry waiting on reports before taking action on falling slab incident

  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 22 Sep 2020

Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof

KUALA LUMPUR: The Works Ministry is waiting for the findings of the investigation into a falling wall slab along the Middle Ring Road 2 (MRR2) before deciding on its next course of action.

Minister Fadillah Yusof said that the Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) and the Department of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH) were both conducting a full investigation on the incident, which almost resulted in a woman being killed.

“I have gone myself to see the site. Basically, we are looking at it from different perspectives. One is from a design perspective, if there are any faults in the design.

“Secondly is monitoring and supervision. Thirdly will be on the role of the independent checkers, engineers and the safety and health perspective, ” he told reporters after meeting with the construction industry players on Tuesday (Sep 22).

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.

“From then on we will come up with the findings and share it with you...what will be action taken, the way forward in particular high risk areas to make sure safety and health is taken care of, ” added Fadillah.

When asked if any action has been taken on the contractor involved, Fadilah said it would depend on the findings of the investigation by the various groups.

Fadillah, together with Minister in the Prime Minister's Department (Economic Affairs) Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed, had an engagement session with industry players from the construction sector.

The purpose of the session was to get feedback on the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the construction sector.

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