A 32-year-old migrant worker died yesterday (13 December) during a workplace accident at a construction worksite at Tengah.
He had been purportedly crushed by a crane.
Graphic images and video(s) of the incident soon emerged on Facebook, showing the deceased worker’s dead body pinned under a crane part.
The crane pinning the deceased worker, who was wearing a yellow hard hat and a green safety vest, was seen in a video being lifted off him by another crane.
Singapore Civil Defence Force officers then retrieved the worker from the lorry bed, where he was then carried to the ground.
The Ministry of Manpower confirmed the incident and identified the deceased as a 32-year-old migrant worker from India.
They said that the worker was unloading steel bars with another co-worker from a lorry crane at Tengah Garden Avenue when the boom of the lorry crane suddenly fell.
It then struck the deceased and pinned him against the lorry bed, and he was then pronounced dead at the scene.
The worker’s employer and occupier of the site, Woh Hup Pte Ltd, has been ordered to stop all lifting operations involving lorry cranes.
The developer of the site is Taurus Properties SG Pte Ltd.
The deceased migrant worker becomes Singapore’s 44th workplace fatality this year.
45 year old man arrested
The Singapore Police Force also added that they were alerted to the incident at about 4.35pm yesterday, and that a 45-year-old man had been arrested for causing death by a negligent act.
At the time of writing, police investigations are ongoing.