DOSH con­firms crane switch tam­pered with

> Dept yet to iden­tify cul­prit or es­tab­lish if foul play was in­volved


KUALA LUMPUR: The Depart­ment of Oc­cu­pa­tional Safety and Health (DOSH) has con­firmed that one of the safety switches of the crane in­volved in a freak ac­ci­dent in Au­gust had been tam­pered with.

“One of our of­fi­cers went to the scene to in­ves­ti­gate and he con­firmed it,” DOSH di­rec­tor-gen­eral Datuk Mo­htar Musri told a press con­fer­ence yes­ter­day.

When asked if the tam­per­ing of the switch had led to the ac­ci­dent, which killed Chim Khoon Sing, the woman driver, when the crane’s 300kg hoist block gave way, fell and crushed her car in Jalan Raja Chu­lan, he merely nod­ded.

Mo­htar had, on Sept 8, said it was likely that the safety limit switch, which lim­its the move­ment of crane booms within the stip­u­lated hoard­ing, had been tam­pered with, or it would have been stopped from op­er­at­ing out­side the com­pound.

He, how­ever, said it could not be es­tab­lished as of yet if there was any foul play in­volved.

Mo­htar said the depart­ment is also in the midst of iden­ti­fy­ing who was re­spon­si­ble for the tam­per­ing.

He added that while an in­ves­ti­ga­tion pa­per has been sub­mit­ted to the At­tor­neyGen­eral’s Cham­bers for le­gal ac­tion, DOSH was still run­ning tests on the crane’s equip­ment and parts that have been seized.

“Th­ese tests will take a bit of time. We need to do ten­sile test, bend­ing test, and oth­ers.

“We will use all of th­ese for the pros­e­cu­tion process,” he said, adding that it is ex­pected to be com­pleted in a month.

Mean­while, MCA Pub­lic Ser­vice and Com­plaints Depart­ment chief Datuk Seri Michael Chong urged the gov­ern­ment to im­ple­ment a spe­cific rul­ing to reg­u­late the op­er­a­tion of all con­struc­tion ma­chin­ery, es­pe­cially tower cranes.

In mak­ing the call, Chong said lawyers from his depart­ment had in­formed him that there is no spe­cific pro­vi­sion or rul­ing in the Oc­cu­pa­tional Safety and Health Act 1994 on the re­quired safety perime­ter for con­struc­tion lift­ing ma­chin­ery.

“Such a rul­ing is nec­es­sary to avoid fa­tal­i­ties due to con­struc­tion site ac­ci­dents,” Chong told re­porters at a press con­fer­ence at his of­fice here yes­ter­day.

The car that was crushed by the hoist block of a crane on Aug 25.

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