Work stops at Miri site of Pan Borneo project after girder beams collapse

Works Minister Baru Bian (centre), accompanied by Batu Lintang assemblyman See Chew How (right), at the Christmas and New Year celebration at the Kuching blind centre here today.

KUCHING: Works Minister Baru Bian says his ministry has issued a stop-work order for the 11th work package contract of the Pan Borneo Highway project in Miri after the collapse of five girder beams yesterday afternoon.

He said the two workers injured in the accident are resting at home.

“We have issued a stop-work order at the site and safety officers have been instructed to secure the site to prevent further accidents,” he told reporters when met at the Christmas and New Year celebration at the Kuching blind centre here today.

According to him, his ministry took a serious view of the incident, especially regarding the safety of workers at all construction sites.

He said he had instructed a thorough investigation to be carried out by the relevant parties on the collapse of the girder beams.

“We will definitely take action if there is any negligence by the company involved,” he said.

Baru expected some delay in the completion of the highway project and extra cost for the necessary repairs to be undertaken.