Crane overturns and dangles from multi-storey building in Malaysia


PETALING JAYA (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - A crane overturned at the Empire Bandar Damansara Perdana construction site and was seen dangling precariously from a multi-storey building before collapsing to the ground later.

Fortunately, no one was injured in the incident.

Selangor Fire and Rescue Department assistant director (operations) Mohd Sani Harul confirmed the incident, saying that it happened on Monday (Dec 5) at a construction site in front of the Inland Revenue Board building in Empire Bandar Damansara Perdana.

He said the department received the call at about 2pm.

"Five personnel were dispatched to the scene. No one was injured during the incident," he added.

Earlier, the image of an overturned crane at the construction site was posted on social media by a motorist.

"I was near the PJ Trade Centre. This was opposite the Trade Centre, across the highway. I believe this is a new development," he said.

He verified that the image was real and that he took it at about 2pm on Monday.

The image showed the crane hanging upside down from the building. It appeared to be attached to the back of a trailer.

"Just moments ago, this crane overturned and is dangling precariously on the ledge of Empire Development. Doesn't look like anyone was in it. Yet another example of construction mishaps," he wrote in the post.

On Aug 25, Joice Chin Khoon Sing, 24, was killed by a hook that fell from a crane and hit her car as she was driving along Jalan Raja Chulan in Kuala Lumpur.

On Nov 4, Abd Rahim Abd Rahman, 51, and his wife Nurhayati Rosli, 46, from Indonesia, died after a piledriver collapsed and hit the car they were in.

Another fatal construction site accident occurred on Nov 30 when an under-construction bridge collapsed near Mid Valley Mega­mall.

The authorities confirmed that Vietnamese Tran Xuan Vang, 21, died in the accident, while five other people were injured.