Was rusty cable cause of deadly crash?

KUALA LUMPUR — The possibility that a rusty cable caused the crane hook to snap and smash a car, killing woman driver Chin Khoon Sing along Jalan Raja Chulan has emerged.

The revelation was made by workers at the site when Malay Mail visited the
area yesterday.

A security personnel there said while no mishaps occurred at the site before, one possible cause which could have lead to the incident was the cable could have been rusty.

The worker only wished to be known as Tiru, 44, said: “I think a cable was rusty and snapped,” he said.

He said workers had been informed by the management that work at the site had been suspended.

Another Indonesian labourer, Celos Tim, 22, said the incident was very unfortunate. He however said workers checked equipment at the site daily.

“I am not sure how the cable gave way yesterday. Those metal cables can generally withstand massive weight,” he said.

Construction site worker Lang Luqman, 25, from Indonesia, said he was informed that operations had been suspended when he came to work yesterday.

“Our bosses told us to go have breakfast and head home. They said the earliest work would resume would be Monday,” he said.

Traffic was normal in the area yesterday. The arm of the crane was still dangling over the road. From below the remaining parts of the snapped supporting cable could also be seen.

The incident has jolted the public who are alarmed this could occur in a high-traffic area.

This article first appeared in Malay Mail Afternoon E-Paper yesterday.

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500kg crane hook seized

KUALA LUMPUR — The Department of Occupational Safety and Health (Dosh) is conducting an audit on machinery used at a construction site in Jalan Raja Chulan where a crane hook that fell crushed Chin Khoon Sing, 24, to death in her car on Thursday.

Its director-general Datuk Mohtar Musri said the department seized the 500kg hook and was in the midst of inspecting other heavy machinery at the site to ascertain if they were safe.

“Our preliminary investigations have found the crane hook operated outside the hoard fencing which was in violation of safety regulations,” he said.

Mohtar said the accident could have been avoided if the crane was not hovering above the street.

“The crane was not supposed to operate outside the hoarding but it did, and we are looking at two possibilities which could have led to the incident.

“The wire which supported the crane hook could have snapped or the crane hook hit something including the side of the building, and fell onto the car,” he said.

He said even if the wire had snapped, the hook should have fallen within the construction site or warding area.

Mohtar also said the crane driver fled the scene following the 7.15pm incident and authorities have been unable to locate him.

He said the crane was operated by a Malaysian company certified to operate the equipment.

“We are working closely with police to track down the crane driver besides calling in other parties responsible for this incident,” he said.

“We are not leaving anything to chance and will find other security violations, if any, at the site,” he said.

He said those guilty of violating regulations under the Occupational Safety and Health Act 1994 and the Factories and Machinery Act 1967 could be jailed up to two years or fined up to RM250,000 or both.

City Hall building control department director Alias Marjoh said a stop work order had been issued to the developer for an indefinite period.

He said the developers were only allowed to carry out work between 7am and 7pm but the incident occurred after that.

“They were previously allowed to carry out work until midnight, but that was only for a three-month period which has since lapsed.

“We will not hesitate to seal the site if DOSH finds there are other irregularities.”

He said there had been no prior violations committed by developer Harmoni Perkasa Sdn Bhd before the incident.

The construction of the RM330 million 12-storey Royal Pavilion Hotel is slated to be completed next year.

Meanwhile, Construction company BUCG (M) Sdn Bhd has suspended works on its hotel project, pending advice from the authorities following an accident which killed Chin Khoon Sing.

BUCG said they were the lead contractor for the project by Harmoni Perkasa Sdn Bhd near Pavilion KL, with Yekon Equipment (M) Sdn Bhd being the crane equipment owner and Sufiyan Enterprise being the crane operator.

“It is with our deepest sympathies that BUCG (M) Sdn Bhd confirms that at 7.20pm yesterday, the fatal accident on Jalan Raja Chulan was as a result of equipment used on the project site of the Harmoni Perkasa Sdn Bhd hotel project,” BUCG said in a statement yesterday.

“We have suspended all works until further advice from the relevant authorities. Safety is our utmost priority and all construction partners are to provide a ‘duty of care’.

“Yekon is also cooperating with the authorities in their investigations of the accident and in relation to the crane operator Sufiyan Enterprise,” it said.

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Siblings unable to accept sister’s death

KUALA LUMPUR — Grief lingered in the air during a Buddhist prayer ceremony conducted by the Jalan Raja Chulan roadside where 24-year-old Chin Khoon Sing died after a sheave hook from a crane at a contruction site fell onto her vehicle on Thursday evening.

The victim‘s elder brother Khoon Ying and younger brother Khoon Feng arrived at the scene at about 4pm along with a Buddhist priest who led prayers for 20-minutes.

In Buddhist funeral rites, it is believed that the souls who meet tragic and sudden deaths are ‘lost’ as they do not know they have passed on.

The ceremony ‘calls’ these spirits home so they can attain peace as they cross over to the afterlife following the memorial service.

Khoon Ying was visibly distraught and overwhelmed as he led the tearful prayer and broke down several times while ‘speaking’ to the soul of his deceased sister.

Several passing motorists and onlookers slowed down as they passed by the trio who occupied two out of three lanes. The roads were cordoned off by auxiliary police during the ceremony.

Khoon Ying also placed a shirt belonging to his sister on the spot where she died as the ceremony came to an end before breaking down into tears again.

Earlier, Khoon Ying told reporters at the Kuala Lumpur Hospital mortuary that the construction company contacted the family. He declined to reveal details of what transpired.

The family left immediately after the ceremony without speaking to reporters. Khoon Sing’s wake service will be held in Georgetown today.

A 25-year-old classmate and friend of Khoon Sing, who wanted to be known as Sue, said she found out about the incident through a mutual friend who worked with Khoon Sing.

She said Khoon Ying was an administrative staff member in a company based in Puchong.

“We studied together at Inti International College Penang. I hope swift action will be taken against those responsible as she did not deserve this,” she said.

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