Published: Wednesday February 20, 2013 MYT 1:32:00 PM
Updated: Wednesday February 20, 2013 MYT 5:15:25 PM
Five hurt after stadium roof under re-construction collapses (Update)
By JOSEPH KAOS Jr
KUALA TERENGGANU: Five workers at the Sultan Mizan Stadium were injured after the steel structure of the stadium roof under re-construction collapsed at 11.30am Wednesday.
The workers, who were trapped under the structure, were later removed and sent to the Sultanah Nur Zahirah Hospital.
Fire department officials and police are carrying out investigations.
In June 2009, part of the roof collapsed at the stadium's grandstand a year after it opened for the Malaysia Games (Sukma). No one was hurt then.
Repair works had only started at the end of last year.
Terengganu deputy police chief Datuk Hamzah Md Jamil said the workers were in the midst of taking down the old roof support structure when it collapsed.
“However, the scaffolding supporting the steel structure could not sustain the 137 metre-long structure's weight. This caused the middle section of the structure, which was being removed, to fall, causing the other sections to follow suit in a domino-like manner,” said Hamzah to reporters after inspecting the stadium.
“The structure was being removed to make way for a new structure. The removal works have been ongoing for the past three months,” he added.
Hamzah said, usually, there would be 30 workers from the appointed construction company working at one time, but there were only eight working when the incident happened.
The five workers who suffered from injuries are Safian Abdul Manaf, 21, Md Nazirul Nizam Marzuki, 25, Mohd Saidi Ismail, 21, Mohd Shukri Jusoh, 31, and Wan Muhammad Fajruazmee Wan Ahmad, 26.
Safian suffered from a broken leg, Mohd Saidi is injured on the hip while Md Nazirul Nizam sustained injuries on his right knee and is undergoing x-ray.
Mohd Shukri and Wan Muhammad Fajruazmee only had light injuries and is receiving outpatient treatment at the hospital.