They just could not stomach the sight of him after an industrial accident left him with a disfigured face.
Bangladeshi construction worker Shabdar Ali Mongol Khan said his old colleagues have deserted him because of his "scary" looks.
"I felt so humiliated when I found out about this," the 32-year-old said in Bengali through an interpreter recently.
He came to Singapore in October 2011 to provide for his family back home.
Mr Shabdar fears that his family - a son and a daughter aged seven and 10 respectively and a 27-year-old wife who is a housewife - may leave him as well.
He said: "How can my family accept me now? They don't know the extent of my injuries. Though I speak to them regularly, I haven't told them about what happened. I'm just worried they might leave me if they knew how I look like now."
He is also afraid that even if they accept him, he will not be able to provide for them in the future.
Previously, Mr Shabdar earned a monthly salary of about $1,400.
"I cannot work any more and there's no one else to feed my family," he lamented.
His troubles started in March last year at a Buona Vista worksite.
He was working with electrical cables when he was hit and dragged down a shaft by falling cables, a Ministry of Manpower (MOM) incident report said.