Two construction companies charged over Jaya supermarket collapse

PETALING JAYA: Two construction companies were charged separately in the Sessions Court here on Tuesday, Sept 21, in connection with the collapse of the Jaya Supermarket building at Section 14 here on May 28 last year, which claimed seven lives.

The companies are Lian Hup Earth Work & Construction Sdn Bhd (Lian Hup), which is represented by its director, Jason Hee Kok Heng, and C.W Yap Sdn Bhd, which is represented by its director, Yap Choon Wai.

They both pleaded not guilty to the charge.

Lian Hup is charged with failing, as an employer, to ensure the safety, health and welfare at work of its employees by failing to meet safety standards
in demolition work of the supermarket building at Jalan Semangat here about 5pm on May 28 last year.

The company is charged under Section 15(1) of the Occupational Safety and Health Act 1994 and, if found guilty, is liable to a fine not exceeding RM50,000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years or both.

Meanwhile, C.W Yap Sdn Bhd is charged under Section 17 (1) of the same act for failing, as employers, to ensure that other persons, not being their employees, who may be affected, are not exposed to risks to their safety or health.

The company is charged with committing the offence at the same place, date and time.

If found guilty, it is also liable to a fine not exceeding RM50,000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years or both.

In the May 28 incident, the building structure of the Jaya Supermarket, which was to be torn down for redevelopment, collapsed while demolition works were being carried out, killing seven workers.

Both the companies were represented by lawyer Ooi Hueng Miin, while prosecuting officers from the Selangor Occupational Safety and Health Department, Jaafar Leman and Hazlina Yon, prosecuted.

Earlier, Jaafar applied for both cases to be heard jointly on grounds that the incidents in both cases happened at the same place, time and date. Judge Rozina Ayob allowed the application and set Sept 27 for mention. -- Bernama
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