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Indian worker dies in Singapore after being crushed in a crane: report

An Indian worker in Singapore dies after being crushed in a crane (representative)


A 32-year-old Indian worker has died after being trapped between parts of a mobile crane at a construction site in Singapore, officials said today.

The “workplace accident” happened on Wednesday at around 10:15 on Mandai Quarry Road 1, they said.

The Indian worker, who was an employee of Hwa Yang Engineering, was removing two handcuffs from a toolbox under the chassis of a mobile crane when the crane turned clockwise. “His chest was crushed between the crane counterweights and the crane chassis,” Channel News Asia quoted a Ministry of Manpower (MOM) spokesman as saying.

The man was taken to Khoo Teck Puat Hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries, the spokesman said without disclosing the person’s name.

This year was the 27th workplace death so far in Singapore. There were a total of 37 deaths in the workplace for the entire 2021, according to the Channel report.

There were 10 deaths in April alone.

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said last month that workplace deaths were “not acceptable” and called on all parties to “rectify them”.

He noted that with the reopening of the economy and more work and social activities resuming, “safety standards and practices appear to have fallen” and accident rates are rising.

From June 14, companies with poor workplace safety and health performance will be subject to stricter fines, the Ministry of Manpower said last week.

(Except for the headline, this story was not edited by techlives staff and is published from a syndicated stream.)

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