Rigger killed in port accident

Rigger killed in port accident

A worker at Jurong Port died on Wednesday after he fell into the sea together with a gangway that he was using at the time.

Rigger Tan Chin Soon, 40, was crossing the gangway from a vessel to a berth when it gave way.

The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) said the Malaysian then fell into the waters near Jurong Port Road.

Replying to queries by The New Paper, a MOM spokesman said Mr Tan's employer had been instructed to stop offloading operations for the vessel while investigations are ongoing.

Jurong Port said Mr Tan was an employee of one of the stevedore companies in the port.

Its spokesman said he had been working on a barge that was berthed there.

Mr Tan's next of kin went to the scene after being notified.

The Jurong Port spokesman added: "As the circumstances of the accident are still being investigated by the police and MOM, we are not at liberty to disclose further details at this time.

"In the meantime, the berth where the accident occurred has been cordoned off and operations on the barge have been suspended until further notice.

"The rest of Jurong Port remains operational and safety enforcement continues to be our highest priority."

The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said it was alerted to the incident at around 2pm on Wednesday and its officers searched for Mr Tan.

Two divers were deployed and his body was found at about 4.30pm.

The police said they are investigating the unnatural death.

ashaffiq@sph.com.sg


This article was first published on Mar 6, 2015.
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