Five workers hurt in scaffolding mishap

Five workers hurt in scaffolding mishap
COLLAPSE: An injured worker being helped by SCDF personnel on Wednesday.

Lying on the ground and holding his right arm, the foreign construction worker grimaced in pain as he struggled to find a comfortable position. It didn't work.

He was one of five workers hurt on Wednesday when the scaffolding they were standing on buckled, sending them crashing to the ground from the second storey.

The five were taken to Tan Tock Seng Hospital, said the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF). Their condition was not known.

The men were building a five-storey amenities building next to 970, Toa Payoh North. Scheduled to be completed by the end of the year, the building will include a carpark and a canteen.

An SCDF spokesman said it was alerted to the incident at about 11.40am and sent one fire engine and two ambulances to the site.

A spokesman for Mapletree Investments said its priority was to ensure that the casualties were cared for and to investigate the incident.

A construction worker, who wanted to be known as Mr Ranganath, 30, was working on another building in the area. He said: "I'm very scared to work now, but (luckily) I'm going back to India tonight as my father is sick."

The incident occurred two days after Monday's accident at the former City Hall building where a crane collapsed, killing two construction workers.

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