Police name girder launcher operator as suspect in railway track incident
The Jakarta Post
The East Jakarta Police have named a girder launcher operator, Ahmad Nasiki, a suspect on Friday in the case of the launcher collapse that killed four workers at the construction site of a quadruple railway track project in Matraman, East Jakarta, earlier this month.
“After investigating, today we name one suspect in the incident [that resulted in the deaths of] four individuals,” East Jakarta chief Sr. Comr. Tony Surya Putra said on Friday as quoted by kompas.com.
Tony said Ahmad was the operator of the girder launcher, and that he allegedly had performed his duty negligently. He explained that Ahmad allegedly did not pay attention to the workers at the site during the operation of the girder launcher.
“There should have been no workers [in the area] when he moved the launcher. The operator should've warned the workers first and made sure that the site was empty while operating the launcher,” Tony said, adding that they were still investigating whether other suspects would be named.
The incident that killed four workers and injured five others took place early on Feb. 4. The launcher, which was used to lift rail pads for a four-track railway project that will link Jakarta to Cikarang, Bekasi, West Java, collapsed at 5 a.m. near Jl. Matraman Raya.
The deceased were taken to Cipto Mangunkusumo Hospital in Central Jakarta, while the injured were taken to Premier Hospital in East Jakarta.
The police reported previously that five workers were operating the launcher.
Last month, a box girder at the construction site of the light rapid transit (LRT) project in Utan Kayu, East Jakarta, fell in the early hours of the morning, injuring five workers. (vny)
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