Tuas explosion: Public hearing to be held from 20 Sept

·Editorial Team
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SCDF officers putting out the fire at the unit in the Platinum@Pioneer building (left) and assisting an injured worker (right). (PHOTOS: SCDF)
SCDF officers putting out the fire at the unit in the Platinum@Pioneer building (left) and assisting an injured worker (right), following an explosion on the premises. (FILE PHOTOS: SCDF)

SINGAPORE — Public hearings by the inquiry committee looking into the fatal Tuas explosion that killed three workers in February will be held from next Monday (20 September).

The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) said in a media release on Thursday that the first set of hearings, which will be held until 8 October, will focus on the causes and circumstances of the incident. 

According to preliminary investigations into the blast, which occurred on 24 February at the Platinum@Pioneer industrial building at 32E Tuas Avenue 11, it was caused by a combustible dust explosion. 

The dust was in the form of potato starch powder, a material used for production by Stars Engrg Pte Ltd.

10 workers were injured in the explosion, with three succumbing to their injuries. The last injured worker was discharged from hospital in June.

According to MOM, investigations have now been completed, and a team of state counsels will present the findings at the hearing. Witnesses and experts are also expected to testify.

The inquiry committee is chaired by Senior District Judge Ong Hian Sun. He is assisted by Mr Lucas Ng, general manager of plant at Petrochemical Corporation of Singapore, and Dr Peter Nagler, chief innovation officer at A*Star.

The public can attend the hearings from 10am to 5pm at Court 8A of the State Courts on the following days: 20 to 24 September, 27 September to 1 October, and 4 to 8 October. However, court capacity is limited due to safe management measures, and dates and timings may change.

MOM said that a second tranche of public hearings will be held from 15 to 19 November to review recommendations to prevent the recurrence of such incidents.

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