Worker dies from falling concrete

by Miklos Bolza22 Sep 2015
A Bangladeshi construction worker has died after being hit by falling concrete. The incident took place at a site on Sunview Way on Saturday.
Ratul Dewan Jamal Dewan was working for Yong Xing Construction when the incident happened. He had been with the firm for about a month.
The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) was called to the site at about 9pm where they took two workers to hospital. One suffered from trauma while the other experienced pain in his right knee and left shoulder.
The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) was also informed of the incident on Saturday with officers from its Occupational Safety and Health Inspectorate (OSHI) responding immediately. The Ministry ordered all construction work to cease and investigations are currently ongoing.
When contacted, Yong Xing Construction said they “didn’t know” about the incident.
This isn’t the first time a safety breach has put the company in the news. In March, a mobile crane fell over while extending its boom at a construction site in Jurong. No one was injured.
MOM issued a stop-work order and an investigation was called. This, along with several other similar incidents, prompted the Ministry to commence an island-wide inspection of crane operations.
“This is totally unacceptable. Our preliminary findings indicated that many of these cases could have been prevented if there were proper implementation of lifting plans and regular functionality checks on crane’s safety devices to ensure they are in good working condition,” Chan Yew Kwong, MOM’s director of OSHI said about the spate of accidents.
It is yet to be seen if this latest workplace death will trigger another similar investigation.
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  • by engineersg 25/9/2015 4:08:06 PM

    I am one of the engineer for this Unfortunate Unlucky Local Company ,from my opinions in the aspect of their safety management is ''good' or at least they are safety first nowadays , if this company is errant in safety then i will think they deserved to get into deepshit for causing the life of the worker .First from my understanding in their safety meeting, safety risk assessment is done , method of statements are approved . All the possible risk prevention has extensively done .PM has followed very closely to the methods ,and in fact he did his best to go down and inspect the structure ,because of the big concern that this drain might collapsed (even QP ASSURED) , furthermore worker are instructed that if any cracks were found , excavation work must be halted immediately .Well, It is a must for all construction site to implement the right OHS practice and from my understanding the company has did it .In fact the Contractor has even proposed a slightly expensive alternative which was unfortunately not recommended by QP due to cost and the possible reason of other party do not wish to be involved and do not wish the excavation work to affected their existing structure .My company has no choice .-Complexity of this accident .-This incident involve deeper problem in the technical stage , no one including the QP was able to forsee this layer of concrete from existing drain will fall off . Its difficult to explain in words , because no one on earth would expect a lean concrete with the extreme thickness of 150mm to fall off (in lump) , normally if a concrete layer fall of in an existing stucture it should be small pieces falling off (if integrity of the building is not breached")which normally is the lean concete (should be 50mm) .On the start of project ,our PM is very concerns to the extend that it had repeatedly prosposed to the QP to use machinery instead of manual labor due to the nature of this risky work .The QP in return repeatedly assured the contractor Yong Xing Construction the integrity of the structure is there . The reason why I am so free to post this comment on stomp at this big afternoon , because my boss has self-imposed safety stop work to all their existing sites to review the safety . All of us (including me) need to solve and rectified all safety breach , which i think here is already done 97% , and its impossible for 100% , it means if you want u literally need to work at a crawling speed lol. This few days is a big operational loss for this company . MOM (hidden rule) sure going to place this company under business under surveillance in soon time regardless of the faults ,which is an SOP for MOM as I know , This means ''GG'' to this company . Now construction industry is already going down to the lowest of this era , technically in the state of recession . This unlucky company suppose to upgrade to A2 this year . MOM is holding to the fate of this company now.Sunview Site has already happened many 'unnatural inccidents'' , Guys if ur going there , please pray and not to offend anything .YongXing . a good local company soon gonna be devastated for the mistake that is not created by her.aftermath : Our boss is doing a fundraising to support the deceased family . Hope MOM can differentiate a good company . It will be big waste for our industry and nation .


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