Site collapse: Two firms face charges

Site collapse: Two firms face charges
The underground scaffolding at the Downtown Line Bugis MRT Station worksite near the junction of Rochor Road and Victoria Street had collapsed on 18 July 2012.

SINGAPORE - Two companies will appear in court on Thursday to face charges, following the collapse at an MRT worksite that killed two workers in July last year.

They are main contractor Soletanche Bachy-Koh Brothers Joint Venture and sub-contractor Sin Herh Construction.

The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) is accusing them of breaching workplace safety and health regulations as well as failing to manage risks.

Besides the two who died, eight workers were injured when a roof being cast at the Downtown Line's Bugis interchange collapsed. It buried Mr Dou Chunjie and Mr Meng Huaiyou, both from China, in an avalanche of mangled steel and wet concrete.

They were reportedly under the roof structure. Engineering experts told The Straits Times that they should not have been there when concrete was being poured.

After almost 12 months of investigations, MOM filed charges against the companies on July 16.

Court documents show that Soletanche Bachy-Koh Brothers is accused of failing to take "reasonable measures to ensure that the workplace was safe and without risks to the health of every person within the premises".

It is also charged with failing to ensure the roof structure being cast was inspected and certified by a professional engineer.

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