KUALA LUMPUR,Mar 26 – Projek Lintasan Kota Holdings Sdn Bhd (Prolintas) and Sg Besi-Ulu Kelang Elevated Expressway (SUKE) have appointed an independent auditor today to conduct a comprehensive safety audit on the SUKE construction site.

Malaysian Highway Authority (LLM) in a statement said the independent auditor has also been appointed to study the cause of the incident on March 22, in addition to the investigation by the Construction Industry Development Board and Occupational Safety and Health Department.

“The appointment of this independent auditor is the standard operating procedure (SOP) when something unforeseen happens at all highway construction sites.

“All highway project developer companies are responsible for ensuring that all contractors and subcontractors comply with the work rules and procedures set,” said the statement.

It said instructions were issued to all concessionaires involved in highway projects under construction to carry out detailed safety inspections through independent auditors.

In line with the concession agreement, the statement said that in the event of an unforeseen incident, the concession company is responsible for appointing an independent auditor who will be monitored by LLM.

“The appointment of these independent auditors is necessary to assess overall compliance with SOPs, (determine) improvement measures that need to be taken, and study the causes of these unforeseen incidents,” it said.

Apart from that, LLM has also been instructed by Senior Works Minister Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof to ensure that all concessionaires carry out detailed inspections at all construction sites that are regarded as posing high risks to the safety of road users, the public, and construction workers.

Three Chinese nationals were crushed to death while a motorist was seriously injured when a gantry crane toppled over at the SUKE construction site at Jalan Alam Damai, Cheras, here.


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