Repair may take two weeks

Remedial works: Part of the SUKE highway construction site where a metal beam fell on a passing car.

KUALA LUMPUR: The removal of the gantry crane structure and repairs at the Sungai Besi-Ulu Kelang Elevated Expressway (SUKE) construction site accident in Cheras here are expected to take two weeks, says Projek Lintasan Kota Holdings Sdn Bhd (Prolintas).

The project owner started the first phase of the removal and repairs at the site on Saturday after receiving approval from the Department of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH).

“The work consists of two phases, the stabilisation of the highway beam structure of which 60% progress has been made to date.

“Upon completion of structural stabilisation, the gantry crane relocation works will immediately commence.

“Both phases of this work are expected to take two weeks, ” Prolintas said yesterday.

Prolintas said the process of removal and repairs was complicated due to several aspects such as technical issues, working methods, weather, the safety of the surrounding residents and construction workers as well as current structural conditions.

To complete the removal works, Prolintas said SUKE would work in cooperation with professional consulting engineers, and the authorities such as Malaysian Highway Authority (LLM), DOSH and the Construction Industry Development Board.

“Once again, SUKE apologises for the inconvenience caused by this incident, ” it said.

Last Monday, three construction workers – all Chinese nationals – were killed while a local road user was seriously hurt after a component of the gantry crane at the highway construction site collapsed.

Meanwhile, Bernama reported that in Pendang, Kedah, Deputy Human Resources Minister Datuk Awang Hashim said DOSH would be calling up the top management of the contractor firm, including the chief executive officer and chairman, to facilitate investigations into the incident.

He said they would be told to table all standard operating procedure (SOP) as well as improvements made to prevent a similar incident from occurring.

“This tragedy should receive serious attention. We will check if there was negligence on the part of the contractor. We will improve the SOP in all sectors if there were weaknesses or if the SOP needs to be updated, ” he said after a Malaysia Prihatin programme at Mara Junior Science College yesterday.

Awang said the meeting would be held on April 5 and among the actions to be taken was a pledge by the parties involved in the SUKE project to raise the level of safety and health for workers.

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