Pasir Ris worksite accident: Lorry crane operator killed by toppling metal pieces

Pasir Ris worksite accident: Lorry crane operator killed by toppling metal pieces
Workers were seen putting up blue plastic sheets at the accident scene to block the sight.

A lorry crane operator was killed yesterday at a Pasir Ris construction site when he was crushed by metal pieces he was transporting. The 60-year-old was in the crane operator's seat on the back of the lorry.

He was conducting lifting operations when the metal pieces toppled on him, pinning him to his seat, said the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF).

The lorry was stationary at the time.

An SCDF spokesman said they were alerted to the incident at 11.46am and sent two fire engines, a Red Rhino, two other vehicles and an ambulance to the scene.

Paramedics pronounced the man dead at the scene.

Rescuers retrieved his body by moving the boom of the crane and removing the construction material.

A worker from a nearby site who declined to be named said he heard a loud noise close to noon, but thought it was part of regular work. It was only later that someone else told him what had happened.

BLOCKED BY FENCING

"We tried to look, but we were blocked by the fencing around the construction site," he said.

When The New Paper arrived at the scene at about 1pm, the man's body had just been removed from the lorry crane and a blue tent had been erected within the construction site. Work had also stopped.

Workers were putting up blue plastic sheets above the metal fencing to block the grisly sight from curious onlookers.

At about 3pm, about 10 of the man's family members were seen waiting outside the site, many distraught.

They were let in at about 3.40pm and conducted prayers at the accident site. Loud wails could be heard coming from within.

The accident site is that of Pasir Ris One, a new development under the Design, Build and Sell Scheme just opposite White Sands Shopping Centre.

Kay Lim Construction & Trading, listed as the builders, could not be reached for comment.

A Ministry of Manpower spokesman said its officers from the Occupational Safety and Health Inspectorate responded immediately and were on-site to conduct investigations.

It is still investigating the incident and has instructed Kay Lim to stop all work at the site.

A police spokesman confirmed that they are investigating the unnatural death.

lawsm@sph.com.sg


This article was first published on Nov 13, 2014.
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