2 killed after LRT formwork collapses in Malaysia

PETALING JAYA - The second worker, who was buried with his colleague under collapsed scaffolding at the Ampang LRT extension project near Putra Heights, Subang Jaya, was recovered at about 1.05am Thursday.

The body of the other worker, both from Bangladesh, was found earlier at about 9.30pm Wednesday at the site in Kampung Kuala Sungai Baru.

Selangor Fire and Rescue Department assistant director of operations Mohd Sani Harul said the incident occurred at about 4.30pm. Six others were injured from the accident and sent for treatment.

He said one of the Bangladeshis has been identified as Md Suman Mollah, in his 30s.

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PETALING JAYA - A worker was killed and another was believed to be trapped while six others were injured when the formwork and scaffolding for the Ampang LRT extension project worksite in Subang Jaya collapsed.

Selangor Fire and Rescue Department assistant operations director Mohd Sani Harul said the department was alerted about the incident located at Kampung Kuala Sungai Baru at 4.29pm yesterday.

"There were around eight people working at the site when the incident occurred. By 7.30pm, six victims were rescued while another two were trapped in the rubble," he said. One of the two was found dead by rescuers later.

Of the six rescued, four were sent to the Putrajaya Hospital while another two were sent to a private clinic for outpatient treatment. All of them suffered minor injuries.

"We have mobilised our team from Puchong and Shah Alam as well as our K9 unit to search for the missing worker," he said.

At press time, the department's K9 unit and rescuers were still trying to locate the missing man.

"Our K9 unit has already tracked the area that he is trapped in, but we are still working to remove the rubble," he added.

He said all the workers were believed to be Bangladesh nationals.

In a statement, Prasarana Malaysia Bhd said the incident occurred when the formwork and scaffolding collapsed during the concreting of the deck slab.

"The injured workers were immediately given first aid treatment and they are being treated at the nearby hospital," it said.

In a separate statement, Mass Rapid Transit Corporation Sdn Bhd said the incident was not connected to the Klang Valley MRT project.