Scaffolding on the Light Rail Transit (LRT) 3 project adjacent to Premier Hotel at Jalan Langat, Bandar Bukit Tinggi, Klang which is under construction collapsed yesterday (Thursday, 29th July). The incident that occurred at 2:15 pm resulted in five foreign workers trapped under the rubble with all the victims successfully removed.
Four victims suffered minor injuries while one Bangladeshi worker died after being trapped under piles of scaffolding. All of the victims are in their 30s and were working at the construction site when the accident occurred. Four of the foreign workers were Bangladeshi and one was Indonesian.
Earlier, South Klang District Police Chief, Assistant Commissioner Shamsul Amar Ramli said that his department received a distressed call about the incident at 2:15pm. Selangor Fire and Rescue Department Services Director Norazam Khamis said that they received a call at 2:41pm and the FRT and EMRS vehicles from the Port Klang Shah Alam Fire and Rescue Station were rushed to the scene and arrived around 2:58pm.
“We can confirm that three foreign workers were involved in the rubble and two of them survived with minor facial injuries while efforts to remove another one of their friends who was stuck under the rubble were carried out by the fire brigade,” he said in a statement yesterday. However, the police later confirmed that the trapped worker had died and his body was pulled out of the rubble around 4:20pm.
The Project Management Manager has released an official statement regarding the incident yesterday. Norazam Khamis said in his statement that the construction workers were pouring wet cement into one of the columns when the scaffolding around the structure gave way and resulted in the collapse.
This is the fourth infrastructure collapse incident recorded this year.