Works Minister: Full investigation on SUKE crane crash, suspend works if necessary

KUALA LUMPUR: A thorough investigation must be held to find out why the roads were not closed to ensure public safety before heavy construction work as gantry launchers were carried out at the construction site of a highway at Puncak Banyan, Persiaran Alam Damai, says Senior Minister Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof (pic).

The Works Minister said the ministry is angry and saddened with repeated accidents in construction sites which are causing loss of lives despite continuous advice and warnings to contractors.

“We will suspend or blacklist the contractors if they are found not to have followed the standard operating procedures (SOPs) as required," he said.

Fadillah added that the relevant agencies and departments such as the Lembaga Lebuhraya Malaysia and the Construction Industry Development Board will investigate whether the contractor followed the SOPs.

“I want strict action to be taken if the contractor is found to have been negligent in safety, not only of their workmen but also of the public. If the construction has to be halted to conduct the investigation, so be it, ” said Fadillah.

He said the Works Ministry is only authorised to suspend or blacklist contractors if they were found to have been guilty of such incidents.

Fadillah said this to the media after handing over “letters accepting tenders” to contractors.

This follows the latest incident this morning in which three construction workers were killed, while another is believed to be seriously injured after a crane fell on top of a car at a Sungai Besi-Ulu Kelang Elevated Expressway (SUKE) site at Puncak Banyan, Persiaran Alam Damai.

The driver of the car - a Malaysian - was severely injured while three construction workers fell 120 feet from the construction site and died at the scene.

This is the second incident involving the SUKE this year, as five people were trapped in a factory van travelling on the MRR2 Highway near Bandar Tasik Selatan on March 3 when a portion of a bridge under construction fell on it at around 5.58pm after it was hit by a trailer carrying heavy machinery.

In the previous incident involving the factory van, two women were killed while another three people were seriously injured.

Following the previous incident, Projek Lintasan Sungai Besi-Ulu Klang Sdn. Bhd confirmed that the trailer that impacted scaffolding belonging to the SUKE construction site was a private vehicle and was not involved in or affiliated with the construction of the highway in any way.

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