CIDB finds over 200 misused A-frame scaffolding rods at Cheras construction site

  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 01 Mar 2023

KUALA LUMPUR: An integrated operation carried out by the Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB), together with several enforcement agencies, at a construction site in Jalan Mutiara Barat, Cheras, found over 200 rods of misused prefabricated steel frame construction material scaffolding (A-frame).

Kuala Lumpur CIDB director Datuk S. Gerald said A-Frame scaffolding was a temporary structure that is crucial during the construction of a building.

The A-frame serves to facilitate construction workers to carry out work such as tying bricks, plastering, installing ceilings, painting and so on at a site which is high in safety.

"However, in daily operations, we found contractors had misused the A-frame scaffolding by placing loads on it. According to the actual procedure, the scaffolding is only able to support the weight of the human body,” he told the media after participating in the integrated operation here Wednesday (March 1).

Gerald said four subcontractors involved in the construction project did not declare the project to CIDB, and there were six supervisors on the construction site who did not have valid accreditation.

"We will issue a notice regarding these supervisors who do not have the accreditation, while for the offence of the A-frame scaffolding, there is a range of fines which will be imposed, which is around RM10,000 to RM50,000 according to the CIDB Act 1994 (Act 520)," he said.

The integrated enforcement operation involved personnel from the Labour Department, Occupational Safety and Health Department (DOSH), Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL), Cheras contingent police headquarters, Solid Waste Management and Public Cleansing Corporation, and the Akademi Binaan Malaysia central region.

Meanwhile, Kuala Lumpur Labour director Che Mohd Rokman Che Awang said there were 20 accommodation cabins at the construction site, with six workers housed in each container provided by the contractor.

He said that the investigation found that the workers' accommodation area at the construction site did not comply with specifications set under the Workers’ Minimum Standards of Housing and Amenities Act 1990 (Act 446).

"A summonses has been issued today to the company involved, for the purpose of further inspection, and the interview date set on Monday,” he added.

Che Mohd Rokman added that an investigation paper will be opened under violations of the Labour Act, such as Act 446 and Act 265 (the Employment Act 1955). - Bernama

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