‘Dangerous’ materials removed
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).