Accident Notification: Worker fatally injured by machine door

26 Feb 2020

Ref No.: 260220 (1)

UEN: S97SS0046G

Dear Valued ASPRI Members,

Accident Notification: Worker fatally injured by machine door

On 24 February 2020, two workers were on a work platform carrying out maintenance works on a scrap metal machine when the overhead door closed downwards and struck both of them. One worker was fatally pinned between the door and the work platform. The other worker escaped with minor injuries. 

The Ministry of Manpower has commenced investigations into the accident.

The industry is reminded to conduct a comprehensive Risk Assessment for all machine maintenance works. Prior to carrying out machine maintenance or repair, it is important to ensure that all hazardous energy sources are isolated, disconnected or discharged and placed on lockout and tagout (LOTO) to prevent accidental machine activation while the works are in progress. Should the workers be required to work below or near a movable part of the machine (the overhead door in this case), ensure that the movable part is properly secured to prevent accidental movement. Maintenance workers must be adequately trained and competent for the task. A safe work procedure incorporating the LOTO procedure is essential to guide workers on how they can carry out the work safely.

Information on the accident is based on preliminary investigations by the Ministry of Manpower as at 25 February 2020. This may be subject to change as investigations are still on-going. Please also note that the recommendations provided here are not exhaustive and they are meant to enhance workplace safety and health so that a recurrence may be prevented. The information and recommendations provided are not to be construed as implying liability on any party nor should it be taken to encapsulate all the responsibilities and obligations under the law.