A tragic construction accident in Petaling Jaya, Malaysia has claimed the lives of at least 3 immigrant workers.
The construction workers were apparently working legally in Malaysia. Originally from Bangladesh, the 3 workers apparently became trapped under a beam that had collapsed on the work site.
The following excerpt from an article on TheDailyStar.net details what happened during the incident:
The victims are Mohammad Elahi Hossain, 27, son of Abdus Sattar, and Mohammad Alauddin Mallik, 34, son of Mohammad Shahadat Mollik, from Ishwardi in Pabna while Mohammad Faruk Khan, 38, son of Mohammad Hashem Khan, from Sirajdikhan in Munshiganj.The migrants were working legally as construction workers for Malaysian Mass Rapid Transit Corporation (MRT Corp) from May this year, Musharrat Jebin, second secretary (labour) at Bangladesh high commission, confirmed The Daily Star by phone today.The bodies of Alauddin and Faruk were recovered yesterday afternoon while that of Elahi was retrieved early Tuesday, according to a statement released by (MRT Corp).
Once retrieved the worker’s bodies were sent to the local hospital however none of them survived. Post mortems were subsequently conducted.
It is believed that the incident took place around 88:30pm at the former Rubber Research Institute while construction of the parapet was being conducted on the elevated guideway.
The following statement was issued:
“A span of the guideway had dislodged from its piers and fallen on the ground below. The span, which was made up of 14 units of segmented box girders, was 38m in length and weighed 300 tonnes.”
Apparently the team of Fire and Rescue Department retrieved the bodies from the rubble of the collapsed building between 2:34am and 1:35pm. The Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak expressed shock over the incident and also called for an immediate investigation to be launched. The Prime Minister went on to state via a tweet:
“Shocked and saddened to hear about the MRT site accident. A full investigation must be carried out immediately to ensure this never happens again,” Najib tweeted.
Although incidents of this nature are rare, especially in Oz, construction work is one of the highest risk industries and for this reason workers must be properly trained on safety and how to react in emergency situations such as collapses.
In Australia this means workers have to complete White Card general construction safety training and obtain their White Card as proof of being accredited to work on a construction site. Once workers have received this compulsory training, they must undergo additional training to ensure that they are prepared for work on the specific site and are ready to face any hazards that may be unique to the site. Employers must also ensure that they provide workers with emergency response training so that when serious incidents such as fires, collapses, earthquakes etc. occur, workers are equipped to react correctly.