Worker decapitated in accident

Worker decapitated in accident

A banksman who was run over and killed by a tipper truck could have been giving directions to its driver at the time, the authorities said yesterday.

Mr Karuppachamy Kalaimuragan, 24, from India, had been guiding lorries in and out of a soil stockpile site in Changi last Saturday evening when he was knocked down.

The cause of the accident remains unclear but drivers at the site told The Straits Times yesterday that Mr Karuppachamy had been on the phone just before he was hit by the reversing vehicle.

They said he was decapitated and his helmet was left half buried in the sand about a metre away from his "twisted" body.

Police received a call at 7.10pm and found the man lying motionless at the Aviation Park Road site.

They arrested the dump truck driver, who is in his 30s, for "causing death by a rash or negligent act".

The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) said officers from its occupational safety and health inspectorate "responded immediately and were on site to investigate the accident".

Preliminary findings show the worker may have been hit by the truck when he was giving directions to its driver.

MOM has told Hua Tiong Contractors, which occupies the site, to "stop all earthworks".

A spokesman for the company said it is working with MOM and the police to investigate the incident, but declined to say more.

This article was first published on September 09, 2014.
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