Construction worker crushed by glass panels

Construction worker crushed by glass panels

A worker was killed on Thursday afternoon in a freak accident involving heavy glass door panels.

Singapore permanent resident Cheng Zhong Hua, 39, was supporting eight of the panels with his hands when the stack collapsed on him and pinned him to the ground at a construction site on Flora Drive, off Upper Changi Road North.

He later died in hospital.

The circumstances are tragic - his wife is due to give birth to their second son next month.

Mr Cheng, believed to be the family's sole breadwinner, had also been planning to accompany his 12-year-old son to collect his PSLE result on Friday.

On Thursday, the Singapore Civil Defence Force received a call at around 3.40pm and sent an ambulance to the scene.

Mr Cheng was taken to Changi General Hospital, where he died from his injuries. Mr Zhang, a cleaner who works at the construction site, told Lianhe Wanbao: "Even from the fifth floor, I could hear the sound of the panels slamming to the ground."

Shin Min Daily News quoted an unnamed worker as saying that each of the eight panels weighs about 50kg.

Mr Cheng had come to Singapore from Fujian 16 years ago to find a job to support his parents back home, his nephew said.

Mr Cheng's son, Jun Wei, told Shin Min Daily News: "He was a good father who was hardworking and always looked out for the family."

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