Probe on Taman Desa crane crash may lead to court, DOSH says

File picture showing the crane toppled on its side at The Address project site, with its arm falling onto a concrete structure inside the compound of Tiara Faber. — Picture courtesy of Protect  Taman Desa coalition
File picture showing the crane toppled on its side at The Address project site, with its arm falling onto a concrete structure inside the compound of Tiara Faber. — Picture courtesy of Protect Taman Desa coalition

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KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 29 — The investigations into the crane crash in Taman Desa here last Tuesday could lead to a possible court case, the Department of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH) confirmed yesterday.

Its deputy director-general Omar Mat Piah told Malay Mail that the department is still investigating the matter while the evidence gathered at the work site of super highrise condominum The Address, could be used in court.

“However we cannot say more on the matter or divulge the cause of the crane crash at this point in time,” he said.

The incident occurred last Tuesday at around 2pm, reportedly while the crane was lifting a concrete block.

The crane’s arm crashed into the adjacent Tiara Faber car park, metres away from the condominium’s Block C residences.

Meanwhile, media coordinator for Protect Taman Desa Coalition M. Gunasekar said it took a 300-tonne “Mother Of Crane” to clear the site five days after the crane fell.

“For the last five days, residents of Tiara Faber had to live with the boom of the fallen crane which was resting on the staircase structure to the Tiara Faber basement car park and the inconvenience arising from there as access to the basement car park was blocked,” he said.

“The residents are now extremely disturbed by this incident,” he added.

“To the residents, the site, nature of the project and the pace of work has all the ingredients to an accident waiting to happen if due diligence and strict compliance with safety regulations are not enforced.”

Gunasekar also added that since the incident, neither the contractor nor the developer of The Address has issued any formal apology, or expressed its regret over the incident.

Last December, some 90 resident protested against the project, saying that their mental and physical health had suffered due to the work carried out in the project site.

This was also the second incident of a crane-related accident in Taman Desa, after a crane boom crashed and killed a person in October last year.

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