‘Construction sites should appoint SOP supervisors’

KUALA LUMPUR: A total of 933 of the 1,142 construction sites operating nationwide since the implementation of the National Recovery Plan on June 1 have complied with the standard operating procedure, says Works Minister Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof.

He said 5,766 construction sites were inspected nationwide, with 4,624 found to be not operating.

“Of the total construction sites in operation, 209 did not comply with the SOP and were ordered to close as they did not have the letter of permission to operate from the International Trade and Industry Ministry and local authorities,” he told reporters after visiting several construction sites here yesterday.

Commenting on his visit to construction sites in Jalan Bukit Bintang and Jalan Yap Kwan Seng, Fadillah said supervisors should be appointed to monitor workers’ compliance with the SOP and to ensure cleanliness to avoid the spread of Covid-19 and other diseases.

“No (Covid-19) cases were detected at both construction sites, but there are still workers who do not fully comply with the SOP,” he added.

Fadillah also said his ministry hoped to expedite the Construction Industry Vaccination Programme (CIVac) to reduce the risk of critical Covid-19 cases. — Bernama

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