Ex­perts to probe bridge col­lapse

> In­ves­ti­ga­tion re­port to be sub­mit­ted within a month

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

KUALA LUMPUR: A spe­cial team com­pris­ing con­struc­tion ex­perts from var­i­ous agen­cies will be formed to in­ves­ti­gate the pedes­trian bridge col­lapse in­ci­dent next to the Mid Val­ley Mega­mall yes­ter­day.

Works Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Fadil­lah Yu­sof said the ex­perts would be from his min­istry, the Con­struc­tion In­dus­try Development Board (CIDB), Department of Oc­cu­pa­tional Safety and Health (DOSH), and Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL).

He said the team would in­ves­ti­gate the cause of the in­ci­dent, whether it was a de­sign flaw, work qual­ity, or lack of mon­i­tor­ing by the site su­per­vi­sor or se­cu­rity per­son­nel.

“We will study all the pos­si­bil­i­ties. If proven there was neg­li­gence, then un­der the CIDB Act, the devel­oper of the project can be taken to court and fined up to RM500,000 or jailed for up to two years.

“The in­ves­ti­ga­tion re­port is ex­pected to be ready in a month.”

DBKL, on the other hand, has is­sued a stop-work or­der with im­me­di­ate ef­fect to KL Eco City’s project devel­oper, SP Se­tia Ber­had, fol­low­ing the in­ci­dent which left one worker dead and five oth­ers in­jured.

KL mayor Datuk Seri Mhd Amin Nordin said, how­ever, the stop-work or­der is only meant for con­struc­tion of the bridge that links Mid Val­ley Mega­mall and KL Eco City, and not the en­tire development.

“They are al­lowed to clear the de­bris and re­move the fallen struc­ture,” Mhd Amin told re­porters in a sep­a­rate press con­fer­ence here.

Mhd Amin added, de­spite DBKL hav­ing cer­tain in­volve­ment in the project, they do not need to make any mon­e­tary com­pen­sa­tion to the fam­ily of the de­ceased or those hos­pi­talised.

“All mon­e­tary com­pen­sa­tion will be taken care of by SP Se­tia. Even if there is any le­gal suit, DBKL would not be li­able as it is only re­spon­si­ble for plan­ning ap­proval and noth­ing more,” he said.

DOSH has also is­sued a stop­work or­der on con­struc­tion.

Mean­while, city Fire and Res­cue department deputy operations chief Ruhisha Haris told re­porters at the crash site that search and res­cue operations at the col­lapsed pedes­trian bridge had been halted after a 17-hour search for a pos­si­ble vic­tim.

How­ever, the mys­tery of the miss­ing con­struc­tion worker still re­mains.

“We first re­ceived in­for­ma­tion that the worker might have been trapped un­der the rub­ble be­cause a col­league saw him un­der the bridge a few min­utes be­fore it col­lapsed.

“A head count by the devel­oper, also re­vealed a miss­ing worker but they were un­able to give us a name,” he said.

Ruhisha ad­mit­ted that the body might have fallen into the river but said chances of that were slim.

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