Wednesday, July 13, 2005

What say you, IEM? - Ministry: NKVE link developer ignored safety rules

After 1 whole day of coverage yesterday, today, The Star confirms Ministry: NKVE link developer ignored safety rules.

What do Institution of Engineers, Malaysia (IEM) have to say about it? As of just now, there was nothing expressed at their website, (webpage captured image screenshot here), and the local media seems to forget that engineers do have a professional body governing them while covering engineering news!

When even bloggers have been talking about this mishap few moments after the news came out, e.g. here, here and a nasty comment here, what is the administrators at IEM doing?

That's an esteemed institution for you!

The Star Online > Nation

Wednesday July 13, 2005

Ministry: NKVE link developer ignored safety rules


PETALING JAYA: The developer of the NKVE-Jalan Meru Link neglected safety regulations by allowing motorists to travel on the road below the incomplete flyover that collapsed on Sunday, said Deputy Human Resource Minister Datuk Abdul Rahman Bakar.

“It’s an offence to allow traffic on roads where there is construction, as this will expose motorists and the public to danger.

“Unfortunately, this is happening at many places around the Klang Valley. Rightfully, those sections should be cordoned off and detours should be created for traffic to bypass those areas.

“Safety should be our priority, in spite of the inconveniences we have to face,” he said after opening an international conference, Managing Future Workplace Issues and Challenges In The Borderless World, organised by Universiti Teknologi Mara’s Faculty of Management and Technology yesterday.

He remarked that the developer, SP Setia Bhd, and the main contractor it appointed, Chung Hyap Yoon Sdn Bhd, had failed to fulfil safety conditions when carrying out the project.

Nine Bangladeshi labourers were injured when eight girders of the flyover near Bukit Raja collapsed on Sunday.

In Seremban, Department of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH) director-general Abu Bakar Che Man said he would seek a report from SP Setia on how the company intended to dismantle the remaining structure of the collapsed flyover, reports SIMON KHOO.

“Although the debris on the road had been cleared, parts of the elevated interchange at the Meru Link are still hovering precariously.

“Since the Bukit Raja-Shah Alam stretch is expected to be opened by Thursday, all measures must be taken to ensure it would not endanger passing motorists,” he said after opening a seminar on safety and health management.

Abu Bakar said DOSH would send several officers to assist the Public Works Department in investigations into the cause of the flyover collapse.

Meanwhile, after further discussions with the authorities yesterday, SP Setia said it would submit a follow-up report with more detailed information by today.

“We are working closely with the external specialist contractors and consultants to prepare the follow-up report and will hand it over to the authorities,” said Khor Chap Jen, a director of SP Setia.

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