Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Act of Man not Act of God

Flyover collapse caused by human error

Update by The Star Newsdesk
Human error caused the collapse of the half-completed NKVE-Jalan Meru Link flyover on Sunday.

That is the finding of the expert contractor entrusted to carry out a preliminary study on the mishap that injured nine Bangladeshi workers.

Acting Works Minister Datuk Mohd Khaled Nordin said he had briefed the Cabinet on the incident and the findings of the preliminary study by the expert contractor.

"According to initial findings, the incident was caused by human error. It happened when workers prematurely and without authorisation removed the temporary top stress-bars on both sides of the flyover.

"This caused the half-completed structures to collapse almost simultaneously," he told reporters after chairing the Ministry’s post-Cabinet meeting Wednesday.

Khalid, who is also the Entrepreneur and Cooperatives Development Minister, said that one lane of the highway was opened to traffic Wednesday – a day earlier than expected - as works to ensure the safety of the structure was completed ahead of schedule.

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