Lifting Supervisor jailed 4 weeks for fatal accident

A site supervisor was in charge of 20 workers involved in demolition and structural works. At the time of accident, he instructed 2 workers, one of which was the deceased to help out of lifting a timber formwork using a mobile crane. During the lifting process, the wire rope used gave way. The formwork fell about 9 metres and hit one of the workers.

Investigations found that the trained lifting supervisor had failed to ensure the workers are trained riggers and improper briefing was given to perform the lifting activity. He also endanger the life of the workers’ safety by exposing them to falling object hazard during the lifting operation.

On 14th January 2010, the site supervisor was jailed 4 weeks for his reckless act which resulted the death of one worker in a lifting accident on 12th October 2007.

1. Jurong Port Safety Bulletin No. 09-13

Company and its director fined S$70,000 after worker die from flash fire.

The deceased worker started working with the company about two weeks before the accident. He was performing gas cutting works using an Oxy-Acetylene gas cutting torch in the factory and within the same area, drums were being pressed for disposal. During the cutting works, a flash fire broke out and the worker suffered extensive burns, and died 10 days later in the hospital.

Ministry of Manpower’s investigations found leaks at the valves of oxygen and acetylene cylinders of the torch as well as connection between the hose and gas torch. The company failed their duty to conduct safety checks and maintain the hotworks equipment  before allowing the workers to use them.

The company and its director was later convicted under the Workplace SAfety and Health Act (Cap. 354A) and a fine of total S$70,000 was imposed.

1. Jurong Port Safety Bulletin No. 09-17

1st employer to fine S$20,000 for Death of Worker from Heat Stroke

A sole properietor of a company was fined S$20,000 for failing to implement adequate measure to protect one of his workers over heat stress, leading to death of a China worker.

The deceased China worker was from north-east China where average annual temperature was between 6-11 degrees Celsius. On 25th April 2009, he was doing fabrication work under the sun for 5 hours in the yard whereby the average temperature is about 32.9 degrees Celsius. He collapsed and died of heatstroke 4 days after the incident.

Ministry of Manpower findings shows that the deceased China worker was only on his 2nd day of his new job and most likely not adjusted to the Singapore’s climate. Investigations also shown that the company did not use any preventive measures to ensure workplace safety and health which contributed to the death of the worker.

1. Jurong Port Safety Bulletin No.10-10 – Dec 2010