While no one was hurt during the 11 October incident, when 14 beams at an elevated road project in Balik Pulau fell onto a slope, the contractor may still face action once it is found out that the accident was due to negligence, said State Works Committee chairman Zairil Khir Johari.
He revealed that Penang Island City Council (MBPP) as well as the Department of Occupational Safety and Health are still investigating the incident, reported The Star.
“In any construction site, there is always the risk of accidents and what we want to ensure is that there is no negligence…Accidents can happen and what we want to avoid is negligence, meaning people not following the proper safety procedures or people doing things irresponsibly,” he said at the opening of Central Island Park at Aspen Vision City in Batu Kawan, Penang.
“If that is the cause of the accident, then definitely action must be taken and will be taken.”
It is understood that a crane operator accidentally knocked down one of the 25m concrete beams laid on the ground, sending others to fall to the slope like dominoes.
The beams were used for the construction of a 600m elevated road connecting Jalan Bukit Kukus and Jalan Tun Sardon, which is part of a RM275.6 million road project.
Set for completion in mid-2020, the road project also involves the upgrade of a 1.5km stretch in Lebuh Bukit Jambul and a 1.1km stretch in Lebuhraya Thean Teik.
Although no injuries were reported, the contractor had been issued with a stop-work order.
Image sourced from The Star
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