Two die in work site accidents

Within a span of eight hours, two foreign workers were killed in accidents at construction sites on Thursday.

In the first case, an Indian shipyard worker was killed after a crane arm reportedly broke off at an oil rig construction site in Keppel Offshore and Marine at noon.

The crash pushed the worker, known only as Mr Palanivel, 26, and a Myanmar worker into the water, according to Shin Min Daily News. Both had been working on the oil rig.

Workers on a nearby ship immediately notified the company, which sent its commercial divers to rescue the two men.

The divers brought back the two men, but Mr Palanivel had already died.

The Myanmar worker was injured, but still conscious, and was taken to the hospital in the company's ambulance.

Mr Palanivel's uncle told reporters on Friday morning that his nephew, who was single, came to Singapore more than a year ago.

He added that Mr Palanivel's family had been notified of his death but are still unclear about what happened.


Another Indian worker, 24, died when a board fell on him at a condominium work site at 10, Bukit Batok Road, at about 8.30pm the same day.

The construction worker had been installing the board when it suddenly fell, crushing him underneath.

He was sent to National University Hospital by Singapore Civil Defence Force personnel, but died from his injuries. Police have classified the case as an unnatural death.

A stop work order was issued to the company by the Ministry of Manpower while investigations are ongoing.

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