Accident Notification: Worker Struck by Toppled Gas Cylinders

10 Jan 2020

Ref No.: 100120 (1)

UEN: S97SS0046G

Dear Valued ASPRI Members,

Accident Notification: Worker Struck by Toppled Gas Cylinders

On 8 January 2020, a group of workers was installing piles using a crawler crane at a construction site. During the works, the crane operator turned the crane and a pallet of gas cylinders beside it toppled. The pallet of gas cylinders landed on a worker who was working nearby. The worker was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics.

The Ministry of Manpower has commenced investigations into the accident.

The industry is reminded to assess all potential risks and implement the necessary controls to ensure the safety of all workers involved in the lifting operation and those in the vicinity. Prior to work commencement, a lifting plan should be established, and communicated to the lifting team and all workers stationed near the lifting zone. Before the commencement of any crane operations or movement, checks must be carried out to ensure that all personnel (including contractors) and equipment which are not involved in the lifting operation are located outside the lifting zone. An on-site banksman will be able to guide the crane operator and ensure safe movement of the crane.

Information on the accident is based on preliminary investigations by the Ministry of Manpower as at 09 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.