Accident Notification: Worker struck by falling formwork structure component

15 Jan 2020

Ref No.: 150120 (1)

UEN: S97SS0046G

Dear Valued ASPRI Members,

Accident Notification: Worker struck by falling formwork structure component

On 11 January 2020, four workers were tasked to shift a formwork structure. While they were moving the formwork structure, a runner fell from the top of the formwork structure and struck one of the workers. The worker was conveyed to the hospital where he subsequently passed away.

The Ministry of Manpower has commenced investigations into the accident.

The industry is reminded to conduct a comprehensive Risk Assessment for all construction work activities. Formwork structures must be built and installed in accordance to manufacturers’ recommendations. Where shifting of formwork structures is being carried out, manufacturers’ recommended procedures should be adhered to. A trained formwork supervisor must be appointed to ensure that all the necessary checks are carried out prior to any construction, erection, alteration or dismantling works. All loose components of the formwork structure must be properly secured to prevent accidental dislodgement.

Information on the accident is based on preliminary investigations by the Ministry of Manpower as at 13 January 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.