Friday June 22, 2012
Workers trapped in wet cement in building mishap
By FARIK ZOLKEPLI
BESUT: Three construction workers were trapped in wet cement for two hours after the roof of a pavilion they were building collapsed in Jertih here.
The incident occurred at about 1pm when cement was being poured onto the roof, causing three supporting pillars of the building, which had been under construction since May 15, to give way.
Crane operator Nasir Zakaria, 38, said he saw the pillars giving way as he was pouring the cement.
“Within a couple of seconds, the roof collapsed. Six workers were working at the building at that time. I quickly sought help from nearby residents,” he said.
Residents managed to help Nasir rescue three workers from the rubble. However, three others remained trapped before they were later rescued by the authorities.
Besut OCPD Supt Kamaruddin Mohd Zakaria said the rescue operation started at about 1.40pm.
Indonesian worker Ari Ramlan, 31, was pulled out at about 3.20pm while two others, Bangladeshis Raju, 42 and Zilo, were rescued about 15 minutes later.
Supt Kamaruddin said the workers had been sent to Besut Hospital.
“They did not sustain any serious injuries. We are still investigating the cause of the incident,” he said.