Hazard from above as construction site claims more lives

KUALA LUMPUR: Yet another accident at the Sungai Besi-Ulu Kelang Elevated Expressway (SUKE) has claimed lives.

A crane launcher fell at the project site yesterday and killed three construction workers. A motorist who was driving on the road below was severely injured.

At the scene yesterday, a combined team from the Fire and Rescue Department, the police, the Malaysian Civil Defence Force and the Occupational Safety and Health Department (DOSH) were seen organising the retrieval of the last body, which was trapped beneath the crane.

The rescue workers faced difficulty in reaching the body, due to the precarious nature of the rubble and the height of the structure.

As at press time, rescuers were still attempting to retrieve the body of the construction worker.

Kuala Lumpur Fire and Rescue Department chief Nordin Md Pauzi, at the scene yesterday, said there were six victims in total.

Earlier in the day, it was believed that only four were involved.

“Three died, while the car driver was gravely injured and was sent to hospital. Two other workers have been rescued.

“We are also working with the contractor to help move the structure that has fallen on the victim, ” said Nordin.

Cheras OCPD Asst Comm Mohamed Mokhsein Mohamed Zon, who was also at the site, said the driver was injured when his car was crushed by the falling structure.

“He has been sent to Hospital UKM for further treatment. The police have opened an investigation paper and the bodies have been sent for a post-mortem, ” he said.

The road beneath the construction site in Persiaran Alam Damai is currently closed until rescue works have concluded.

This is the second incident involving SUKE this year. In the previous incident, a portion of a bridge under construction fell after being hit by a trailer carrying heavy machinery.

It trapped five people in a factory van travelling on the MRR2 Highway near Bandar Tasik Selatan on March 3.

Two women were killed while another three people were seriously injured.

In that 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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