SUKE incident: Two contractors imposed a penalty of RM300,000

SUKE construction; image by Alexiushan/Shutterstock

Kuala Lumpur, 19 October 2021 – Construction Industry Development Board Malaysia (CIDB) imposed a penalty of RM300,000 on two contractors involved in the Sungai Besi-Ulu Kelang Elevated Highway (SUKE) project for failing to ensure safety at the resulting construction site fatal accident on 22 March 2021.

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The fine is imposed through the contractor’s disciplinary action proceedings that were held on 20 September 2021. The proceedings decided the main contractors for Package CA3—range CH4200 to CH7800 SUKE Project i.e., Syarikat Muhibah Perniagaan dan Pembinaan Sdn Bhd—are penalised by RM100,000. Meanwhile, the subcontractor for the same project, China Communications Construction Company (M) Sdn Bhd was fined RM200,000.

Both contractors were found guilty under Section 34B (1) (b), Act Malaysian Construction Industry Development Board (Act 520), stating that each contractor must ensure the safety of the building and construction work either during or after construction. If the contractor fails to ensure safety, CIDB may impose a penalty up to RM500,000 on the contractor.

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On 22 March 2021, three died and one was injured when one of the gantry crane components fell at the SUKE construction project site and crashed a car at Persiaran Alam Damai, Cheras. To ensure public safety and work measures for the SUKE project, CIDB also recommended that the contractor conduct a safety audit by third parties on project safety, working methods and operations as well construction site management.

In November 2020, CIDB imposed a penalty of RM180,000 on two contractors involved with the construction of the CA2 package, SUKE, following the incident a block of concrete fell from the highway construction structure and struck a vehicle on 19 September 2020. In that case, the main contractor, was fined RM80,000 while the subcontractor was fined RM100,000.

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“CIDB takes seriously every accident that occurs in the construction sector and reminds the industry players to always be committed to continuous improvement level of safety as well as maintaining occupational safety and health on site construction,” said Datuk, Ir Ahmad ‘Asri Abdul Hamid, CEO of CIDB Malaysia.

– Construction+ Online

Source: CIDB