KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 1 — Search and rescue efforts to locate one remaining worker trapped in the rubble caused by the collapse of an incomplete pedestrian bridge at KL Eco City has been suspended, its developer said today.
SP Setia Berhad said the Fire and Rescue Services announced at 11:30am that the search for the remaining worker had been suspended as rescuers were unable to detect any new leads.
“Investigation is still ongoing to ascertain the cause of the failure and the project team will continue to work closely with the relevant authorities.
“As at the statement release time, one worker died, five injured and one unaccounted. The five injured workers warded are in stable condition,” SP Setia said in a statement.
The Department of Occupational Safety and Health Malaysia (DOSH) has since issued a stop-work order on construction at KL Eco City after the collapse.
Operasi mencari & menyelamat mangsa kejadian jejambat runtuh berhampiran Apartmen Abdullah Hukum di Jln Bangsar ditamatkan pd pukul 11 pg td pic.twitter.com/LWdd2quXGX— BERNAMA Radio (@bernamaradio) December 1, 2016
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.
The pedestrian bridge under construction was to link the up-and-coming KL Eco City to The Gardens shopping mall at Mid Valley here.
SP Setia said in a statement yesterday that the bridge gave way at about 3.30pm and expressed deep regret.
On its website, KL Eco City is described as a “world class city-within-a city” on 25-acres of prime land and is a mixed development of commercial, retail space and luxury residential property.