Thursday February 21, 2013
Stadium roof comes crashing down again, injuring five
By JOSEPH KAOS Jr
KUALA TERENGGANU: Misadventure struck at the Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin stadium yet again when a steel structure holding up the roof collapsed and injured five workers.
In the latest incident at 11.40am yesterday, the workers were injured when they tried to dismantle the structure, which was meant to support the roof during the re-construction works.
However, the scaffolding supporting the structure could not sustain the weight, causing it to collapse.
The injured workers who had to be pulled out from the rubble were 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 a broken leg, Mohd Saidi injured his hip and Md Nazirul Nizam sustained injuries on his right knee.
The other two workers were given outpatient treatment.
Terengganu deputy police chief Datuk Hamzah Md Jamil said the five were among eight workers at the site when a structure, measuring some 137m long, fell on them.
“The work to remove these structures has been going on for three months and is 60% completed,” he said, adding that the workers were wearing their protective gear during the incident.
Hamzah said ongoing works would be put on hold until investigations were completed.
Other workers at the scene said they heard a loud crash as the structure collapsed and saw their colleagues trapped between the steel pillars and stadium seats.
“My colleague was dismantling the old structure using a crane when the incident happened,” said Ahmad Faizan Ramli.
In June 2009, part of the stadium roof above the grandstand area collapsed after it opened for the Sukma Games in 2008. No one was hurt then.