Con­trac­tors in crane tragedy may be fined, jailed

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS -

THE con­trac­tors of the con­struc­tion project in­volved in the re­cent in­ci­dent when a pil­ing crane crushed a car in Ban­dar Baru Bukit Raja, Klang will face a fine, im­pris­on­ment as well as black­list­ing, if found guilty.

Works Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Fadil­lah Yu­sof said if in­ves­ti­ga­tions find that the con­trac­tors had been neg­li­gent in en­sur­ing safety dur­ing the con­struc­tion work, they would be pros­e­cuted un­der the Con­struc­tion In­dus­try De­vel­op­ment Board (CIDB) Malaysia Act 1994 (Act 520).

He said cer­tain sec­tions in the act pro­vided for a penalty of up to RM500,000 or im­pris­on­ment of up to two years or both.

“If found guilty, the con­trac­tors will also be black­listed,” he said when re­ply­ing to a sup­ple­men­tary ques­tion from Hee Loy Sian (PKR-Pe­tal­ing Jaya Se­la­tan).

Hee wanted to know what ac­tion the min­istry would take fol­low­ing the in­ci­dent on Nov 4 which killed Abd Rahim Abd Rah­man, 51, and his wife Nurhay­ati Rosli, 46, an In­done­sian na­tional.

The Depart­ment of Oc­cu­pa­tional Safety and Health had or­dered that con­struc­tion works be stopped im­me­di­ately to en­able its in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the in­ci­dent as well as by the CIDB.

Com­ment­ing fur­ther, Fadil­lah said ob­ser­va­tions by the project lo­cal chief engi­neer found that the pil­ing crane over­turned while it was be­ing moved for pil­ing pur­poses along Per­siaran As­tana.

“The in­ci­dent could have been caused by the pil­ing ma­chine go­ing out of align­ment from the sup­port steel plate.”

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