The Works Ministry has issued a statement that they will be taking stern action against those responsible for the incident of a concrete slab falling onto a Proton Saga from the Sungai Besi-Ulu Klang Elevated Expressway (SUKE) construction.
Over the weekend, photos of a badly crushed silver Proton Saga on MRR2 went viral on various social media platforms. Videos also show the driver getting rescued by road users and guided to the side of the road before she was sent to the Pusat Perubatan Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (PPUKM) for treatment.
The project developer, Projek Lintasan Kota Holdings Sdn Bhd (Prolintas) has also issued a statement on their official Facebook page apologising for the inconvenience caused and reporting that the driver escaped with “light injuries” on her left arm.
They also stated that main developer, MRCB Builders, have issued an immediate stop-work order to the subcontractor Makna Setia Sdn Bhd and have closed the location of incident for investigation purposes.
SUKE Emergency Response Team (ERT) cleared the area following the incident and the developer has also inspected all other concrete parapet slabs and reviewed documents of the Safe Working Procedures and Parapet Wall Assembling Methods.
But Senior Minister of Works Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof said such an incident should not be viewed lightly as it should not have happened if all safety precautions have been carried out properly.
"For the Works Ministry, safety issues in the workplace are very important to be taken into account and complied by every employee involved in construction works. They not only need to know and understand but need to fully implement before, during and after construction.
"The incident could be avoided if all parties involved adhered to the correct work system and procedures based on the approved guidelines, and abided by the specifications and contract,” he said in a statement posted on his official Facebook page here today.
As of 20 September 2020, the Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) and Malaysia Highway Authority (LLM) have also been instructed to conduct a comprehensive audit related to works involving public safety.
Fadillah also mentioned that the works to strengthen the parapet wall slabs such as welding the slabs with parapet metal was completed at 5 am on Sunday, following instructions from the Department of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH).