KUALA LUMPUR,Mar 23 – Projek Lintasan Kota Holdings Sdn Bhd (Prolintas) has vowed to extend full cooperation to the authorities and improve the process and implementation of the Sungai Besi-Ulu Kelang Elevated Expresway (SUKE) project following the crane collapse incident at the construction site at Puncak Bayan, Persiaran Alam Damai, Cheras yesterday.

Prolintas group chief executive officer Datuk Mohammad Azlan Abdullah said the company is always concerned about safety aspects, as more than 90% of SUKE’s alignment involved work at high areas and above roads with high capacity traffic.

“We strive to work as a team and our objective is very clear, that is to ensure the project is built in the safest way possible, on time and according to the highest engineering practices and standards,” he said in a statement issued by Prolintas last night.

According to the statement, Prolintas, as the concession holder for the SUKE highway, will always take steps to ensure the safety of its workers and the public during the construction of the highway, scheduled to be completed at the end of this year.

It said that Prolintas and SUKE consistently reminded contractors involved to comply with standard operating procedures (SOPs) and to take necessary steps with regard to safety.

“This includes ‘tool box’ sessions or safety briefings daily before starting work and emergency rescue training with related safety bodies periodically,” the statement said.

It also stated that the SUKE construction involved seven main contractors in addition to the complete involvement of an independent engineering consultant in the design, monitoring and supervision from various aspects.

Prolintas also said it has an internal team of experienced engineers to monitor work by contractors, as well as conduct weekly safety audits to assess work and safety, and health SOP compliance.

The SUKE highway construction spanning 24.4 kilometres began on August 29, 2016 and is currently 88.8% complete.

In the 8.45 am incident, three migrant workers were killed while the driver of a vehicle was injured after a crane collapsed and crushed a vehicle at the construction site.


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