Photograph: Approaches to scaffolding vary widely across the world. Here a small crowd enjoys the view from scaffolding in Haikou City, Hainan Province, China (Anna Frodesiak/Wikimedia Commons)
Malaysian engineers have called for stricter safety compliance on scaffolding and temporary works after a building being constructed in the city of Petaling Jaya, next to Kuala Lumpur, suffered a partial collapse on Sunday.
The Institution of Engineers, Malaysia (IEM) said the construction industry must be held to higher safety standards, and proposed mandatory training for those who responsible for scaffolding and falsework.
"It is recommended that there is a need to update and amend the relevant local Acts and regulations, guideline and code of practice," the institution’s president Ir. Tan Yean Chin said, reports Malay Mail Online.
"Beside more stringent enforcement, it is also important to have mandatory requirement for sufficient training for supervisory personnel and erection teams," he added.
On Sunday (15 May) six foreign construction workers were hurt after the temporary structure at the fourth floor of the building they were working on at Jalan Barat, Petaling Jaya collapsed.
Tan also said that all temporary structures that are built should be properly designed, endorsed and supervised by professional engineers to ensure it matches accredited standards for construction practices.
He said the main causes of collapse of temporary structures are lack of safety considerations at the design stage, improper or bad construction practice, usage of inferior materials, lack of enforcement and lack of maintenance.