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2 CHARGED FOR CONSTRUCTION WORKER’S DEATH IN 2016 CRANE ACCIDENT

Two were charged in court today (27 Jan) for causing the demise of a construction worker and also another to suffer from injuries due to workplace safety lapses in 2016 at Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine.

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The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) had then said during the incident that a 25 year old construction worker passed away due to an accident where the floor crane which he was operating on dragged him together after it collapsed and dropped from a building.

Charged under Workplace Safety and Health Act

Citigondola, a crane supplier, was charged under the Workplace Safety and Health Act (WSHA) as it did not ensure that information for using the crane safely was available.

The company was alleged to have failed in providing the necessary safety information such as the safe distance to put the crane from the building and the wind speed which would have rendered the usage of the crane unsafe.

Their failure to make such information readily available caused Islam Mohammad Rakibul to pass away and injured Micheal Antony Robert Robinson.

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39 year old Vu Phan Anh, who is Citiwall’s design manager was also charged with wilfully committing an act endangering the safety of others

This was because he deliberately did not get the floor crane examined and tested properly to ensure it was safe for usage.

He was also alleged to not have prepared ‘adequate lifting’ which caused the death and injury respectively.

Citiwall had also been given charges for not taking necessary measures to ensure that their workers were safe when working, failing to ensure the safe operating procedures for the crane were adhered to, failing to provide equipment for supervisor to measure wind speeds, for not ensuring that the floor crane had no unsafe modifications and also not using a proper checklist for pre-operations checks.

They are set to return to court in March.

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