Accident Notification: Worker fell off parapet wall

08 Jun 2020

Ref No.: 080620 (1)

UEN: S97SS0046G

Dear Valued ASPRI Members,

Accident Notification: Worker fell off parapet wall

Accident Notification: Worker fell off parapet wall

On 2 June 2020, two workers were carrying out repair works on a sawdust extractor that was positioned next to a parapet wall. To reach the side of the extractor, one of the workers stood on the parapet wall, lost his footing and fell 12 metres to the ground. The worker was conveyed to the hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.  

The Ministry of Manpower has commenced investigations into the accident.

Employers, principals and contractors in similar work situations are advised to put in place the necessary measures to protect workers from fall from height risks. A suitable work method must be established for the repair works to be carried out safely without the need to work at height next to a parapet wall, e.g. by moving the extractor to a safe work location. Always check that workers are in a position that is not exposed to risks before starting work. Relevant stakeholders including occupiers should consider the installation of parapet wall railings to deter and prevent workers from climbing and going over the wall.

 Beyond implementing Safe Management Measures to prevent and/or contain the spread of COVID-19, companies are reminded to prioritise workplace safety and health, and ensure that safe work practices and risk control measures are effectively implemented as work activities resume. Click here for more information on how to ensure a safe working environment.

Information on the accident is based on preliminary investigations by the Ministry of Manpower as at 4 June 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.