Stop work, road con­trac­tor told

DOSH to look at work site’s pro­ce­dures af­ter mishap

The Star Malaysia - - Nation -

BALIK PULAU: The con­trac­tor of the 600m el­e­vated road project link­ing Jalan Bukit Kukus to Jalan Tun Sar­don here has been is­sued with a stop-work or­der.

The or­der came fol­low­ing a mishap on the site where 14 con­crete beams mea­sur­ing 25m each fell onto a slope in Jalan Tun Sar­don on Thurs­day.

Eleven beams broke apart in the 8.30pm in­ci­dent. How­ever, no in­juries were re­ported.

It is learnt that a crane op­er­a­tor ac­ci­den­tally knocked down one of the beams laid on the ground, caus­ing oth­ers to fall onto the slope like domi­noes.

Pe­nang Depart­ment of Oc­cu­pa­tional Safety and Health (DOSH) di­rec­tor Mohd Ros­dee Yaa­cob said the con­trac­tor had been in­structed to be present at the DOSH of­fice to­mor­row for a meet­ing.

“We are re­view­ing the stan­dard op­er­at­ing pro­ce­dures at the work site.

“For now, the con­trac­tor is not al­lowed to load and un­load other con­crete beams,” he said yes­ter­day

Mohd Ros­dee said his of­fi­cers were only sent to the site on Fri­day as they were not im­me­di­ately in­formed of the in­ci­dent.

State Works Com­mit­tee chair­man Zairil Khir Jo­hari said the con­trac­tor had been told to pre­pare a full re­port for DOSH.

He said the Pe­nang Is­land City Coun­cil (MBPP) would also ini­ti­ate an in­ter­nal in­quiry to­mor­row.

The con­struc­tion of the el­e­vated road, to­gether with the up­grad­ing of a 1.1km stretch along Le­buhraya Thean Teik and a 1.5km stretch along Le­buh Bukit Jam­bul, is a MBPP project cost­ing RM275.6mil and is sched­uled for com­ple­tion early next year.

The three seg­ments are part of the project for the con­struc­tion of the RM545mil al­ter­na­tive road – Jalan Bukit Kukus – to help ease traf­fic snarls along Jalan Paya Terubong, which is an ar­te­rial road link­ing Bayan Baru, Balik Pulau and Air Itam.

The con­struc­tion works in­volve link­ing Le­buhraya Thean Teik in Ban­dar Baru Air Itam and Le­buh Bukit Jam­bul in Pe­nang via Jalan Bukit Kukus, build­ing an el­e­vated U-turn along Le­buh Bukit Jam­bul for those who want to make a turn and go back to Re­lau.

Pre­car­i­ous sit­u­a­tion: The col­lapsed beams along Jalan Tun Sar­don which fell and broke af­ter be­ing knocked down.

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