Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Kajang-Seremban Bridge Beam Collapse

The project is Kajang-Seremban Highway (KASEH). The main contractor is IJM Construction Sdn Bhd, a wholly owned subsidiary of IJM Corp Bhd and the sub-contractor is WCT Engineering Bhd.

During construction of the bridge, the reinforced concrete beams collapse.

Works Minister, Datuk Seri Samy Vellu had this to say as reported by NST on October 3, 2007:

Negligence likely cause of beams' collapse

Negligence is the most likely cause of the collapse of eight concrete beams of an uncompleted flyover along the Kajang-Seremban Highway (Kaseh), near Pajam, last Thursday.

Works Minister Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu said this was the finding of the investigations by the Malaysian Highway Authority and several other agencies.

“We understand there was general negligence on the part of the project contractor, IJM, when the accident took place at night.

“They also failed to put up sufficient lighting and warning signs for motorists when carrying out the works,” he said yesterday.

IJM Construction Sdn Bhd is the main contractor, while WCT Engineering Bhd is the sub-contractor for the flyover, which is scheduled for completion by December 2009.
The contractor had detected a fault when laying the 40-tonne beams, one of which failed to settle onto a rubber cushion, in the incident at 11.40pm.

“As the contractor was attempting to rectify the fault, the eighth beam being laid slipped and fell, dragging down the remaining beams,” he said at the launch of the road safety campaign, in conjunction with the Hari Raya holidays, at the Sungai Buloh overhead rest area along the North-South Expressway (NSE).

Three family members, travelling in a car from Felda Pasoh to Kota Damansara in Selangor, escaped death when the beams fell, blocking the Seremban-Nilai trunk road near Pajam, close to Nilai.

He said IJM had sent a letter of apology, giving an assurance that such an accident would not recur.