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Thursday, 12 October 2017 | MYT 10:31 PM

Works Ministry to probe SOP violation in MRT blast

KUALA LUMPUR: The Works Ministry will investigate any violation of the standard operating procedures (SOP) in the recent explosion at the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) station construction site in Bandar Malaysia.

Minister Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof said the investigation would start once the police had given the green light.

“We have to wait until the police investigation is concluded before the Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) and the Department of Occupational Safety and Hazard (DOSH) can enter the site.

"We have various technologies to scan and detect underground conditions to minimise damage to the cables or pipes below. This is a common SOP for project that involves underground work,” he told reporters after attending the Construction Industry Transformation Programme (CITP) committee meeting.

A Bangladeshi worker was killed, while two others were injured in the 5pm explosion on Tuesday.

Police have confirmed that the explosion was from an unexploded bomb from the Second World War era.

Fadillah explained that such an incident was indeed unpredictable as what was shown in the existing blueprint of the area might differ from the actual condition underground.

“Normally, the developer will acquire the underground blueprint from the local authority but at the construction site, the situation is different.

“This accident is beyond our control,” he said. - Bernama