‘Dan­ger­ous’ ma­te­ri­als re­moved

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS - BY ASH­WIN KU­MAR

PE­TAL­ING JAYA: The Depart­ment of Oc­cu­pa­tional Safety and Health (DOSH) acted promptly to re­move flimsy scaf­fold­ing and other con­struc­tion ma­te­ri­als from a steel beam at the Kota Darul Eh­san Arch on the Fed­eral High­way.

On Nov 8, theSun spot­ted the dan­ger posed by these ma­te­ri­als hang­ing just about 10m from the ground at the ren­o­va­tion site of the arch.

Re­al­is­ing that it would pose a hazard to mo­torists, theSun no­ti­fied DOSH.

DOSH deputy di­rec­tor-gen­eral Omar Mat Piah said per­son­nel from Se­lan­gor DOSH would be de­ployed to the scene and a no­tice of pro­hi­bi­tion would be is­sued if the con­trac­tors con­cerned failed to ad­here to ex­ist­ing safety reg­u­la­tions.

“Se­lan­gor DOSH of­fi­cers vis­ited the site and the main con­trac­tor will be called to our office to dis­cuss the safety as­pects,” he said when con­tacted.

Omar also said that in an ef­fort to make sure the site is safe, Se­lan­gor DOSH is­sued a no­tice of pro­hi­bi­tion.

“How­ever, we would like to stress that the main con­trac­tors should be re­spon­si­ble. They should be more strin­gent in mon­i­tor­ing safety and ad­her­ing to the reg­u­la­tions. We (DOSH per­son­nel) can­not be at the scene all the time,” he said.

He added that when mo­torists and the pub­lic see big, heavy con­struc­tion con­crete blocks hang­ing over pub­lic ar­eas, it can cause anx­i­ety. Thus, it is the main con­trac­tor’s re­spon­si­bil­ity to ad­here to the Oc­cu­pa­tional Safety and Health Act 1994 (Osha Act).

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