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SUKE incidents: Traffic management at the construction site is being investigated

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Kuala Lumpur, 10 March 2021 – Construction Industry Development Board Malaysia (CIDB) is investigating the accident that occurred at the construction project Sungai Besi-Ulu Kelang Elevated Expressway (SUKE). The cause of the accident could be attributed to poor traffic management.

Based on the investigation by the CIDB enforcement team, it was confirmed that there was a loader machinery passing through the Lingkaran Highway Tengah 2 (MRR2). It was heading to Ulu Kelang when it crashed into a steel frame holding up the crosshead platform. Upon impact, several structure steel frames fell and crashed into a van carrying five local citizens who were heading to Sungai Besi. Two passengers died at the scene and three others, including the driver, survived.

“Proper traffic management during construction work is critical to ensure highway users are not exposed to safety risks,” said CEO of CIDB, Datuk Ir Ahmad ‘Asri Abdul Hamid.

An investigation into this aspect can be made in accordance with Sections 34B and 34C of Act 520, relating to duties of a contractor in ensuring the safety of construction worksites both during and after construction works are carried out.

If found guilty, the contractor may be fined up to RM500,000.

“CIDB takes this matter seriously and is ready to work with relevant agencies as well as the industry players to improve standards, as well as streamline the existing guidelines on traffic management while construction works are underway,” added Datuk Ir Ahmad‘Asri Abdul Hamid.

– Construction+ Online

Source: CIDB