KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 30 ― The Department of Occupational Safety and Health Malaysia (DOSH) has issued a stop-work order on construction at KL Eco City here after the collapse of an incomplete pedestrian bridge that killed one worker and hurt five others today.
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.
“The probe has to be carried out to determine whether there was negligence or use of substandard building materials,” he was quoted saying.
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.
“Four victims previously rescued by the Fire and Rescue Department are currently receiving treatment at PPUM and work is underway to rescue the remaining victims,” he said, using the Malay abbreviation for the Universiti Malaya Medical Centre.
“While one of them is still alive, the condition of another victim is unknown,” he added.
Malay Mail Online understands that one Bangladeshi worker trapped beneath the rubble has just been freed and is being rushed to the hospital for treatment.
Shahrul said the project was about 80 per cent completed when the incident happened.
Police received a call about the incident about 4pm, he added.
The pedestrian bridge under construction was to link the up-and-coming KL Eco City to the Gardens shopping mall at Mid Valley here.
KL Eco City developer SP Setia Berhad said in a statement 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.