SINGAPORE — A 37-year-old foreign worker died last Tuesday (24 May) after he fell from the roof of a West Coast condo to the ground below, the third reported workplace death in about a week.
A Ministry of Manpower (MOM) spokesperson told Yahoo News Singapore that the Bangladeshi worker slipped and fell while doing waterproofing works at about 10.45am at Westcove condominium at 16 West Coast Crescent.
He landed about 20 metres — the height of a seven-storey building — on the ground below.
The worker was sent to the National University Hospital, where he died.
The worksite occupier and the worker's employer is RJ Contract. All works at the site have stopped while MOM is investigating the accident.
The ministry spokesperson said, "As a general safety measure, every means by which a worker may fall from height (e.g. open sides, openings and fragile surfaces, etc) should be identified and guarded or covered. In addition, workers should be equipped with safety equipment to prevent falls."
There have been 25 workplace deaths so far this year, compared with 23 for the first half of last year.
The spate of recent workplace deaths prompted Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong earlier in the month to say that they were "far too many, and not acceptable".
"We have been working hard for years to prevent workplace accidents, especially deaths. We have made good progress. But with our economy reopening and activities ramping up, safety standards and practices seem to have slipped. Accident rates have gone up, and we have lost ground," he wrote on Facebook.
"We must put this right. I call on everyone involved – employers, supervisors, and workers – to take safety at the workplace seriously. Lives are at stake," he added.
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