Consumers Association of Penang

Giving voice to the little people...since 1970

FROM CRANES TO PILING RIGS

Each time an incident has occurred at a construction site and it resulted in the death of one or more innocent lives, The Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) called on the government to conduct a full inquiry into the operations of the Department of Safety and Health’s (DOSH) operations; but unfortunately, it seems to have fallen on deaf ears.

We are iterating that call on account of the couple who was crushed by a piling rig as they were passing a construction site along Persiaran Astana, Klang, last Friday.

Have DOSH’s Past Safety Checks Been A Sham?

The Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) is perplexed by the fact that DOSH has reported that they have sealed tower cranes for breaking various safety and maintenance measures and they have found crane workers using fake competency licences, even though they claim that they are carrying out safety checks at construction sites every 15 months.

After the tragic death of Joice Chin Khoon Sing, who was killed when a tower crane hook fell on her car as she was driving, DOSH announced that they would be cracking down on construction sites in Kuala Lumpur, Selangor , Johor and Penang to check whether or not the tower cranes were fit and the tower crane workers were legal.

A Year Since DOSH Reported That 92.5% Of Construction Sites Flout Safety Specifcations But Nothing Has Changed

The Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) is shocked and saddened by the news that a motorist was crushed to death when a crane hook fell and hit her car as she was driving by a construction site along Jalan Raja Chulan last Thursday.

Since the death of Chin Khoon Sing, all the relevant parties - contractor, developer and DOSH - have expressed their determination to get to the bottom of the incident.  DOSH has said that they will be investigating the contractor company.  The contractor company on the other hand claims they are cooperating with the police to find the Indonesian worker who was operating the crane and had fled after the incident had taken place.  Clearly blame shifting is happening here, but who should actually be held responsible for the life of the young woman that was needlessly lost?

CAP: Fix Deficiencies In Road Transport System Without Delays

It is more than two years since the Advisory Panel of the Genting Highlands crash submitted 51 recommendations to the Ministry of Transport in order to improve the national road safety system holistically.

Frequent pubic and commercial vehicle crashes are an indication of serious flaws and deficiencies in the road transport systems which have been ignored for too long.

Meanwhile, Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) has been consistently questioning the delays and flip-flops and lack of urgency exhibited by the authorities.

Implement All 51 Accident Prevention Recommendations

Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) is disappointed with what happened near the ‘Menora Tunnel accident’ on 10 July 2016 because needless lives could have been lost when an express bus rammed into 10 cars. Conversely it could have been prevented with proactive participation by all parties. However, this did not seem to be case.

We have never been short of road accident prevention measure proposals over the years. In fact, after the Genting Highlands bus crash on 21 August 2013, an independent advisory panel to the Minister of Transport was established. The crash was described as “the worst in the country’s fatal crash” that involved 37 fatalities including the driver. The panel subsequently submitted its report complete with 51 recommendations to the Minister in January 2014. How many of the recommendations have been implemented so far?