THE tragic incident at the Sungai Besi-Ulu Kelang Elevated Expressway (Suke) construction site near Puncak Banyan, Persiaran Alam Damai on Monday, where a crane toppled, killing three workers and injuring two others, as well as a member of the public, is not the first mishap involving this project.
Early this month, two women died while three others were severely injured after the van they were travelling in was crushed when a trailer crashed into the iron scaffolding on the stretch of the highway near Desa Tun Razak.
Construction sites pose health and safety risks not only for the workers but also for the public who move around them or live nearby. As such, our government agencies including the Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB), Board of Engineers, Malaysia (BEM) and the Department of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH) have drawn up regulations laying down the legal requirements to ensure the safety and health of not only the workers at the site but also the public.
Established and published guidelines and procedures on safety requirements during construction works include BEM’s Guideline No.001 – The Role and Responsibility of Professional Engineers for Temporary Works during Construction Stage, and CIDB’s Construction Industry Standard (CIS) CIS 25: 2018 Construction Activities Risk Assessment – Hazard Identification, Risk Assessment and Risk Control (CARA-HIRARC) and CIS 15:2019 Guideline on Prevention of Fall at Construction Site.
The role and responsibilities of construction stakeholders, including the project owner, contractor, consultant and professional engineer for temporary work, are clearly defined in these guidelines.
The repeated incidents involving the SUKE construction project seemingly display a lack of implementation of these guidelines.
DOSH, CIDB and other government regulating bodies should take the necessary measures to ensure that all occupational safety and health regulations and guidelines are strictly implemented at all construction sites.
An investigation committee should be formed to identify and assess the risk hazards and formulate the necessary control measures to prevent similar incidents from happening again.
TS. IR. WONG CHEE FUI
Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman