Stadium collapsed again
(Bernama) - Five workers were injured, three seriously, when steel structures supporting the roof of the Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin Stadium in Gong Badak that is currently undergoing re-construction work, collapsed at about 11.30am today.
The five local workers who were trapped under the rubble were later pulled out and sent to the Sultanah Nur Zahirah Hospital.
Terengganu deputy police chief Datuk Hamzah Mohd Jamil said workers were dismantling the old roof structure when the incident happened.
"About 137m or two thirds of the old structure collapsed when eight workers were carrying out work at the site," he told reporters here today.
Hamzah said the three who were seriously injured are Mohd Nazirul Nizam Marzuki, 22, Mohd Saidi Ismail, 21, and Safian Abdul Manaf, 21, while Wan Mohd Fajrulazmi Wan Ahmad, 26, and Mohd Syukri Jusoh, 31, only sustained light injuries.
On June 2, 2009, part of the roof collapsed at the stadium's grandstand a year after it opened for the Malaysia Games (Sukma) in 2008, but no one was hurt then.
Terengganu Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Said when met at Seri Iman here said the incident was due to negligence by the contractor who was responsible for the reconstruction work.
He said the repair work on the stadium that cost RM292 million was being carried out at a cost of RM15 million.
Meanwhile, a worker who witnessed the incident, Ahmad Faizan Ramli said he heard a loud noise and was shocked to see steel pillars collapse and pin down the workers.