KOTA KINABALU - Five construction workers have been seriously injured when the metal awning they were installing fell on them at a nearly-completed shopping mall here.
The awning had apparently given way after it was hit by a falling glass window from the floor above.
The five are foreigners Abdul Yusof Sadisin Jan, 24; Taslim Lilin, 26; Fitri Munir, 18; Abdul Basir Haruddin, 17; and a local, Hervin Mursalin, 18.
The incident occurred at 11.10am yesterday.
One worker, identified only as Maim, said that he was working at the site when he heard a loud crash.
"I ran towards it and heard my fellow workers screaming for help. I saw legs and hands beneath the debris," he said.
"We were stunned and did not know what to do at first.
"Then, some of us pulled our friends out from the debris," he added.
Maim said two of the victims were unconscious.
Kota Kinabalu district police chief Assist Comm M. Chandra said initial investigations revealed that the incident occurred when a glass window fell from the third floor after it came loose.
"It hit the awning and the five workers below," he said, adding that all victims were taken to the hospital for treatment.
Chandra said one of the victims injured his spine and hips.