Migrant worker fatally crushed by mobile crane in Singapore

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A 32-year-old migrant worker was killed on Wednesday (22nd June) at a worksite after he was crushed between the upper and lower structure of a mobile crane. This brings the number of workplace fatalities here to 27 so far this year. 

The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) said in response to queries from local newspapers that the latest fatal workplace accident occurred at 1 Mandai Quarry Road at around 10.15 am on Wednesday. 

“A 32-year-old Indian worker was retrieving two shackles from a toolbox underneath the chassis of a mobile crane when the crane slewed clockwise,” it said. “His chest was crushed between the crane counterweights and the crane undercarriage.” 

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The worker was then taken to Khoo Teck Puat Hospital but died from his injuries.

The Mandai Quarry Road address is the location of the Home Team Tactical Centre, which houses training facilities for specialist units within the Home Team such as the Singapore Police Force and the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF). 

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The man was employed by Hwa Yang Engineering as a fully trained rigger and signaller, the company was working for the main contractor for the site – China Construction (South Pacific) Development. The site is home to the Home Team Tactical Centre, which houses training facilities for specialist units such as the Singapore Police and Civil Defence Forces.

China Construction Development is already on MOM’s Business Under Surveillance programme, designed to help companies with a poor workplace safety records raise their standards. The move follows another fatality on one of its sites in the city earlier this year, when the forklift he was driving overturned, killing the operator, 49.

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