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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Worker crushed by concrete slab

 Firemen trying to extricate the body of an Indonesian worker
Firemen trying to extricate the body of an Indonesian worker who was crushed to death by the concrete slab above the guardhouse of a housing project in Bayan Lepas. -Bernama pic
GEORGE TOWN: A construction worker was crushed to death while two others were injured when a concrete slab fell on them at a housing project in Bayan Lepas yesterday.


The workers were plastering the walls of a security post located at the entrance of the project site when the mishap happened about 11.30am.


The deceased, an Indonesian in his 30s, was pinned under the rubble and was believed to have died on the spot.


Fire and Rescue Services Department personnel used a crane to lift the slab before retrieving the body, which was  sent to the Balik Pulau Hospital for a post-mortem.


The two co-workers sustained back injuries and were given outpatient treatment.


A security guard said the scaffolding holding the concrete slab gave way.


"I heard a loud cracking sound from the roof before the slab fell on the three workers. Two of them managed to avoid the falling slab." 


A police spokesman said they would work with the Department of Occupancy, Safety and Health to determine if there were structural flaws. 


The development project comprised double-storey terrace houses located near the Tabung Haji complex. - NST

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