27 Dec 2019
Ref No.: 271219 (2)
Dear Valued ASPRI Members,
Accident Notification: Worker Found Lying Near Excavator
On 20 December 2019, a worker was found lying on the ground in an open yard, near an excavator, with head injuries. He was last known to be parking an excavator when the track shoe of the excavator dislodged. He was likely attempting to reattach the track shoe when he got injured. The worker was conveyed to the hospital where he passed away on 26 December 2019.
The Ministry of Manpower has commenced investigations into the accident.
The industry is reminded to conduct a comprehensive risk assessment for all work activities when operating or working in the vicinity of excavators. Excavators that are damaged or have malfunctioned pose new risks that operators may be unfamiliar with. Only operators who have been specifically trained on proper out in the field recovery safe work procedure should proceed with the task, provided the necessary tools and equipment are available. Otherwise, assistance should be requested from qualified technicians.
Information on the accident is based on preliminary investigations by the Ministry of Manpower as at 27 December 2019. 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 any liability on any party nor should it be taken to encapsulate all the responsibilities and obligations under the law.