KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 1 — The Master Builders Association Malaysia (MBAM) said today it is working with the government to implement a set of rules and guidelines to ensure the safety and quality of ongoing construction projects.
“In this respect, MBAM is now working closely with CIDB and DOSH on the ways to implement the ‘Construction Design Management (CDM).’
“This will cover the safety aspects in the design, construction, maintenance and demolishing of the intended structure,” MBAM president Foo Chek Lee said in a statement.
CIDB refers to the Construction Industry Development Board, while DOSH is the Department of Occupational Safety and Health Malaysia.
This comes just a day after the collapse of an incomplete pedestrian bridge that killed one worker and hurt five others.
Lee pointed out that a proper implementation of the Hazard Identification, Risk Assessment and Risk Control and other approved operational procedures need to be adopted by developers to minimise accidents when carrying out construction works.
“MBAM would like to state that steel structures such as bridges must be properly designed by a professional engineer. It should also be installed accordingly to proper procedure by experienced personnel and to ensure quality of material and workmanship to prevent accidents and structural collapse,” he added.
DOSH has issued a stop-work order on construction at KL Eco City here after the collapse of the pedestrian bridge to link with The Gardens Mall yesterday.
National news agency Bernama reported DOSH director-general Datuk Mohtar Musri saying the stop-work order was on construction on the building located at Abdullah Hukum as well as the pedestrian bridge, to enable full investigations into the incident.
Bernama further reported Mohtar saying the stop-work order was temporary, but added that action could be taken under Section 15 of the Worker Safety and Health Act 1994, which carries a maximum jail term of two years and a maximum fine of RM30,000 upon conviction for negligence.
Brickfields district police chief Assistant Commissioner Shahrul Othman Mansor told Malay Mail Online that the deceased worker has been identified as a Vietnamese but did not provide a name.
Shahrul said the project was about 80 per cent completed when the incident happened.