It was an accident waiting to happen


I REFER to The Star’s report “Mechanic killed in freak accident” published yesterday (online at bit.ly/star_mechanic).

The victim was crushed by the car he was repairing in his house-cum-workshop. The accident was not a freak one but one that was waiting to happen, and it happened.

All accidents have causes. A proper workshop is equipped with mechanical lifts to jack up vehicles for repair safely. Converting a house to a workshop is not a safe and smart thing to do; it also goes against local council laws.

I am sure this is not an isolated case. I have seen such setups in many areas.

There was one in Petaling Jaya, the place where I live. I would regularly see the mechanic jacking up a vehicle and using bricks to keep it in position while he worked under it. He trusted his life to the integrity of a few bricks.

Fortunately, the mechanic is no longer using the house as a workshop as the owner did not renew his tenancy.

Converting a house to a workshop falls under the jurisdiction of local councils. Local councils should carry out frequent inspections and put a stop to such an illegal and dangerous activity.

WONG SOO KAN

Petaling Jaya

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