(There was founded 527 of the 852 clusters detected were workplaces between Sept 20, 2020 and Feb 12, 2021)
KUALA LUMPUR: The Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) has shut down 15 construction sites as they failed to comply with the SOP (standard operating procedures) under the second movement control order (MCO 2.0).
Fadillah Yusof (Senior minister for infrastructure) said that since the MCO was implemented on Jan 13, CIDB has inspected 1,022 construction sites, of which 1,007 were found to adhere to SOPs.
All 15 construction sites have been issued with notices for non-compliance in terms of workers’ accommodation, physical distancing, and the wearing of a face mask.
Majority of Covid-19 positive cases at construction sites were caused by failure to observe the stipulated SOP and guidelines.
“Among the causes identified were the workers’ accommodation being overcrowded, dirty and not in compliance with the Workers’ Minimum Standards of Housing and Amenities Act 1990 (Act 446), as well as the workers’ movement from one project site to another possibly having created the construction cluster,” he said.
Therefore, Fadillah urged contractors which have been permitted to operate during the MCO to comply with the SOP at construction sites and workers’ accommodation to prevent Covid-19 transmission.
He said the latest SOP were available on CIDB’s website.
Further information on the SOP and the Construction Industry Guidelines could be obtained from CIDB’s official Telegram channel or via CIDB Hotline at 03-5567 3300 (8am to 5.30pm, Monday to Friday).
For the record, from Sept 20, 2020, until Feb 12 this year, 527 workplace-related clusters have been identified out of 852 clusters reported in the third wave of the Covid-19 pandemic in Malaysia.
Sources from Bernama