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Contractor claims trial to three charges over Bukit Kukus landslide

Last Update: 02/07/2019

GEORGE TOWN, July 2 (Bernama) -- The contractor of the Paya Terubong paired roads project at Jalan Bukit Kukus was charged in the Sessions Court here today with three counts of failing to provide safe working procedures.

Yuta Maju Sdn Bhd, represented by its project director, Lai Sin Kian, pleaded not guilty and claimed trial after the charges were read out before Judge Mazdi Abdul Hamid.

On the first charge, the company was alleged to have failed to ensure safety work procedures for lifting activities using a crane to move the beams which had caused the beam to fall from the span that was still under construction at 8.30 pm, Oct 11, 2018.

For the second charge, the company, as the director of the project, was accused of failing to provide engineering calculations by an accredited engineer to carry out earth backfill work for the temporary slopes resulting in a landslide at 1.48pm on Oct 19 last year that claimed nine lives.

These two charges are framed under Section 15 (1) of the Occupational Safety and Health Act 1994 which carries a fine of up to RM50,000 or imprisonment of up to two years or both, upon conviction.

On the third charge, the company, as a contractor appointed by the Penang City Council for the project, and as the employer, was alleged to have failed to appoint a competent security and health officer at the project site.

It was charged under Section 29 (2) of the Occupational Safety and Health Act 1994 which provides a fine of up to RM5,000 or maximum imprisonment of up to six months or both, upon conviction.

The court then set July 16 for mention.

Penang Department of Occupational Safety and Health’s prosecuting officer Norliza Abu Othman prosecuted while the company was represented by lawyer S. Kanesh.

The landslide occurred during the construction of the paired roads project last year, killing nine workers.

The paired roads project aimed at connecting Paya Terubong to Relau near here and expected to be completed by May 2020.




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