Worker dies after being hit by timber fragment
The 51 years old man was working at PasirRis Drive 1 on Jul 6 when the accident happened at about 10am.
The worker was struck by a timber fragment when it broke from a piece of plywood that was used in a pile load test.
On Jul 6, a Pile Driving Analyser (PDA) load test was carried out. A “timber fragment” of an undisclosed size had apparently broken off from a piece of plywood used in a pile load test. The fragment, unfortunately, struck a 51-year-old Singaporean worker who was at the site.
He was taken to Changi General Hospital. A week later, the worker died in hospital on Wednesday (Jul 13) from his injuries.
After this accident, this year reached the 30th workplace fatality.
30th workplace fatality in 2022:
This incident sadly marks the 30th workplace fatality this year.
Out of these 28 occurred in the first six months of 2022 alone. This is almost twice the number in the same period in 2019, before the Covid-19 pandemic struck.
The slew of fatal workplace accidents in the recent months is certainly concerning.
Ministry of Manpower (MOM) is investigating the incident,and has instructed the contractor to stop all piling activities.
MOM said: “As a general safety measure for activities where flying fragments are common, steps should be taken to prevent these fragments from hitting persons or causing property damage”.