Accident Notification: Worker killed during lifting operation

07 Nov 2019

Ref No.: 071119 (1)

UEN: S97SS0046G

Dear Valued ASPRI Members,

Accident Notification: Worker killed during lifting operation

On 04 November 2019 around 8.40am, a group of workers was waiting for a bundle of metal scaffolding pipes to be lifted to their location within a construction worksite. As the pipes were being lowered, the jib of the tower crane suddenly buckled, causing the load and the hook block to drop; striking two of the workers in the group. One worker was killed and the other injured.

The Ministry of Manpower has commenced investigations into the accident.

Occupiers, employers and contractors performing similar work activities are advised to take suitable risk control measures to protect their workers. Approved Crane Contractors must ensure that all crane components used are in good condition and that cranes are properly erected. All lifting equipment used must be subjected to preventive maintenance and statutory regular inspections by an Authorised Examiner. Lifting operations must be planned and executed safely by a trained and competent lifting team. Employers must also inform their workers of the on-site hazards and the safety precautions to be taken when performing lifting operations and when working within the lifting zones.

Information on the accident is based on preliminary investigations by the Ministry of Manpower as at 06 November 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 liability on any party nor should it be taken to encapsulate all the responsibilities and obligations under the law.