Be More Stringent On Safety Precautions At Construction Projects, Urges Lam Thyeadminemanpower
All construction company crane operators in Malaysia must be certified competent by the Department of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH), said Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye (pic). The National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health chairman said those companies operating cranes must also be registered with DOSH.
Commenting on Thursday’s incident where a crane hook fell at a construction site and crushed a woman to death in her car, Lee said it was “totally unacceptable”.
“There have been many such accidents in the past. The authorities must be very stringent in monitoring and enforcing laws and regulations under the Malaysia Factories and Machinery Act,” he said.
“Sometimes we can see big, heavy construction concrete blocks hanging over public areas. This can cause anxiety among pedestrians and motorists passing the area,” he said.
He added that if areas near construction sites need to be closed off to traffic, it should be done to prevent an accident from happening.
Executive Joice Chin Khoon Sing, 24, was killed while on her way to a family dinner when the hook fell onto her car along Jalan Raja Chulan in Kuala Lumpur.
In January, a construction foreign worker was killed when a crane collapsed at a site on Jalan Damansara.
A month later, another construction foreign worker was killed by falling debris while installing a ceiling partition at a site in Kota Damansara.
Penang Government Offers Help To Family Of Crane Crash Victim
The state government is willing to lend a helping hand to the family of crane crash victim, Chin Khoon Sing if they wish to seek legal redress.
Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said the construction company concerned was negligent and irresponsible in handling the case.
“They also showed no regret in the incident and the way they approached the family to apologise. The company should be sued for negligence,” he said.
Earlier today, Lim paid a visit to the family in their home at the Gat Lebuh Noordin flats here.
Lim said although the family had moved to Kuala Lumpur a year ago, they are still from Penang and the state government is willing to offer assistance.
He said the least the state could do, is help the family to find a good lawyer.
On Aug 25, Chin was killed after the hoist block of a crane at a construction site gave way and crushed her car at Jalan Raja Chulan near Pavilion Mall.
She was on her way to have dinner with her family when tragedy struck and was just a week short of turning 24 when the fatal accident claimed her life.