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For Whom the Road Tolls

Ball Toll Way Project Construction Mishap Claims a Worker’s Life

(9/23/2012) The Benoa-Ngurah Rai-Nusa Dua elevated highway project (JDP) has claimed the life of a worker who was crushed by a 4-ton support column.

Beritabali.com reports the fatal accident occurred on Wednesday, September 19, 2012, at approximately 4:30 pm killing Sumardianto (31), a worker from Banyumas, Central Java.

The incident took place on the west pier of the Benoa – Nusa Dua section of the highway.

A representative of the Criminal Division of the Denpasar Police, police commissioner Ambariyadi Wijaya, explained that “when he (the victim) was working on one of the support pillars the victim climb atop a pile of pillars to release a restraining cable. Unknown at the time, the pillars at the bottom of the stockpile were undermined by an outgoing tide that brought scattered the pillars and crushed the worker, killing him at the scene.”

A spokesman for the Toll Way project expressed his condolences to the family of the dead worker. Saying the death was clearly an unintended accident, a spokesman assured that the contractor employing the man would take the necessary steps concerning both the victim and his family.

At the same time, Jasa Marga Bali Toll spokesman Drajad Suseno called on the general superintendent of the project and the contractors involved in the each segment of the project to enhance safe work practices to prevent a repetition of the tragedy.