Another worker dead


ON July 21, the media reported that a foreign worker had been buried alive at a construction site in Kota Damansara, Petaling Jaya; he died on the way to hospital. Preliminary investigations show that the walls caved in as he was assembling an underground waste disposal pipe (online at bit.ly/star_buried).

The Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) is outraged by this news as this is not the first time an accident like this has happened while work is being done in an underground space, hole or trench. A similar accident involving the installation of sewerage pipes happened in March this year – two foreign workers were buried by piles of soil that had been left on the edge of the pits they were working in.

We, as a society, seem to have become completely desensitised to these tragedies, as they keep happening, to the point where we may be losing our humanity.

CAP would like to know if there is a standard operating procedure that must be adhered to when construction workers assemble or install sewerage pipes at construction sites and if that SOP was followed in this recent accident.

Now that we are in the recovery stage of the movement control order, many construction sites have resumed normal operations. It is vital that there be strict SOPs and that these SOPs are followed so that the safety of workers on construction sites can be ensured.

Employers who do not take adequate safety measures and breach the SOPs must be punished severely, including with imprisonment.

MOHIDEEN ABDUL KADER

President, Consumers Association of Penang (CAP)


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