by BERNAMA / pic by BERNAMA
KUALA LUMPUR – The results of an investigation into the incident at the Sungai Besi-Ulu Klang Elevated Expressway (SUKE) construction site in which two women were killed on Wednesday should be revealed to the people.
Alliance for Safe Community chairman Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye said the public has an interest in the incident and those responsible must face stern action.
‘’I suggest the results of investigation into the mishap be made public. This is because many times (in the past) they carried out investigations and after that nobody knows (the result of the investigation) and people slowly forget about it until the next incident happens.
‘’It is important to let the authorities complete the investigations and subsequently let the findings be made known to the public,” he told Bernama.
He said the incident was also a wake up call to the national construction industry to boost safety at construction sites to protect the people.
‘’I am not blaming the developers because I am not the authority. But there are too many accidents at construction sites in our country.
‘’It is now affecting the confidence of the public and they have a phobia when passing through construction areas,’’ he said.
Meanwhile, the Malaysian Road and Transportation Safety Association (MRTSA) president Nik Mohd Salim Nik Mohd Salleh agreed that the results of investigations must be shared with the public and followed up with a safety audit so that it was not repeated.
‘’The important issue is to ensure the safety and health of road users and the workers involved,’’ he said in a statement.
He said the industry must comply with the legal needs, industrial practice, standards, guidelines and ensure a more systematic management for the sake of the safety of all quarters.
The Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) Malaysia, prior to this, stated that it was focusing on the aspect of traffic management in the investigation on the incident under Section 34B and 34C of the CIDB Act.
The incident, involved a trailer which hit the iron scaffolding of an overhead bridge structure on SUKE, resulting in the collapse of the structure at about 6 pm, killing two women and severely injured three more.