A 32-year-old Indian worker has died after breaking into parts of a mobile crane at a construction site in Singapore, workers said today.
The “workplace accident” occurred at 1 Mandai Quarry Road around 10:15 a.m. Thursday, they said.
The Indian worker, an employee of Hwa Yang Engineering, was collecting two chains from a toolbox under the chassis of a mobile crane when the crane turned clockwise. “His heart was broken between crane counterneights and small crabs,” Channel News Asia quoted a MOM spokesman as saying.
The man was taken to Khoo Teck Puat Hospital, where he died of his injuries, the spokesman said, without naming the man.
This is the 27th workplace death so far this season in Singapore this year. There are a total of 37 workplace deaths for the whole of 2021, according to the channel report.
There were 10 deaths in April alone.
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said last month that workplace deaths were “unacceptable” and called on all parties to “respect this right”.
He noted that with the opening of the economy and more jobs and social services, “safety standards and practices seem to have disappeared” and accident rates are rising.
Beginning July 14, companies with poor workplace safety and health services will face severe penalties, the Human Rights Watch said last week.
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