Worker dies after falling into hole at worksite

SINGAPORE - An Indian national died after falling into a 68m deep bore hole at the Tuas West extension line worksite.

The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) said its preliminary findings revealed that the workers were in the process of lowering a rebar cage when it got dislodged from its lifting chains and dragged the 30-year-old worker into a 1.5m-wide bore hole.

A rebar cage is made of steel and is commonly used to reinforce concrete structures.

The Straits Times reported that the police was notified of the accident at around 2.50pm last Saturday and subsequently dispatched Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) rescue vehicles to the scene.

Eyewitnesses said that the SCDF officers continued the rescue operation until the body of the worker was recovered the next day, almost 24 hours later.

The Indian worker was pronounced dead by SCDF officers at 1.40pm on Sunday.

A MOM spokesperson said they have instructed the contractor, China Railway 11 Bureau Group Corporation, to cease operations.

Officers from MOM's Occupational Safety and Health Inspectorate are investigating the accident.

Construction for this project commenced early this year and is set for completion in 2016.

wjeanne@sph.com.sg

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