HOW COULD IT HAVE HAPPENNED?????


Have you read the Star article today? :


From the STAR today:


Two die in scaffolding mishap
KUALA LUMPUR: Two men were killed and 12 others injured when an upper-level scaffolding with several granite slabs collapsed and hit them.

Police said the scaffolding could have collapsed from the weight of the slabs, each weighing about 50kg.

The tragedy occurred at 12.30pm yesterday at the 5ha construction site of the Pavilion Kuala Lumpur, a residential cum boutique hotel project, in Jalan Bukit Bintang here.

The dead are 52-year-old Malaysian Liew Wan Chew and Myanmar national Boi Nei Tang, 35.

It is believed that the two were in a lift outside the second level of the building when were hit by the slabs, which fell 15m from the seventh level. Twelve slabs, each weighing about 50kg, were said to have fallen from a platform on the scaffolding.
The falling slabs also injured 12 workers who were on the ground floor. Four of them are in serious condition. The injured have been identified as Balraj Singh, 21, Pretap Singh and Arjan Singh both 22, Aman Singh, 23, Kala Singh and Gurbachan Singh, both 24, Salam Khan, 25, Subash Kumar, 26, Gurnam Singh, 30, Jamuna Prasad, 33, Rampal Singh, 37 and Kashmeer Singh, 40. Except for Salam who is from Bangladesh, the rest are from Punjab, India.

At press time, Balraj Singh, Gurbachan Singh, Subash Kumar, Salam Khan, Arjan Singh, Rampal Singh and Kashmeer Singh were still warded in Kuala Lumpur Hospital.
Dang Wangi OCPD Asst Comm Mohammad Zulkarnain said the police have classified the case as sudden death. When met at the Kuala Lumpur Hospital mortuary, Lim's wife, who declined to be named, demanded action to be taken against those responsible.

Who lah is responsible? ...sigh.

Our anticipation of a spanking new shopping mall and service apartments right in front of the office block was horrifically put out by the news that 2 of the labourers had fallen off and died. We saw the bodies from our office but did not know what happened. There were smashed tiles everywhere too. We saw police officers and in the late afternoon, we saw all the workers sitting around. Everyone at the office felt and still feel very sad and affected - the labourers came to work from far (assumed Indonesians- turned out to be Indians) only to meet their death. Why must there always (well almost always) be death connected to any big construction projects ? Are there not enough safety measures imposed or is it a case of (as usual) non enforcement?? Someone has to answer.. and we want to hear the answer..Or will this be silenced again ..like the slab that fell on the businessman near Plaza Damas?

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