Thursday, February 22, 2007

Istanbul Apartment Collapse.

22nd. Feb 2007

Istanbul: A 5-storey apartment building collapsed yesterday (21st. Feb 2007), killing at least one and injured 26 others.

Officials blamed the collapse on shoddy construction but could not provide an immediate explanation.

Thursday, February 01, 2007

Plaza Damas: Another accident & death

Worker falls to his death at Plaza Damas construction site

1st February 2007

KUALA LUMPUR: Another more incident/accident from Plaza Damas.

A worker fell to his death at the construction site of Plaza Damas in Sri Hartamas here, barely a year after corporate consultant Dr Liew Boon-Horng died when a cement mould smashed onto his car at the same place.

The 34-year-old Indonesian, identified only as Asmali, was found dead yesterday on the seventh floor of a condominium-cum-office block under construction. He was seen working on the 23rd floor before he fell to his death about noon, when most of the workers were on their lunch break. Police have ruled out foul play for now.

Federal Territory Department of Occupational Safety and Health director Omar Mat Piah said the department had imposed a stop-work order on the site. He said details of Asmali's fall were being investigated.

National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health chairman Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye has urged the implementation of the Occupational Safety and Health Management System to prevent industrial accidents. He said contractors should also carry out Hazard Identification, Risk Assessment and Risk Control at work sites for the safety of the workers as well as the people. “Safety cannot be taken for granted. These places are bound to be risky but we must control it,'' he added. Lee said supervisors of construction sites should also ensure that workers wear protective gear.

No end to Plaza Damas woes! Is it Feng Shui or poor management?