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Tragic Workplace Accident Claims Life of Indian National in Singapore

A 34-year-old Indian national lost his life in a construction site accident in Singapore, where he was struck by a steel bar while performing cable-pulling work. The incident occurred when a steel stand supporting a cable drum collapsed at the Pasir Ris Industrial Drive 1 site. Singapore’s Ministry of Manpower (MOM) is conducting an investigation into the accident, emphasizing the importance of ensuring the stability and security of cable drums and their supporting structures during such work.

The victim was rushed to Changi General Hospital but succumbed to his injuries. The work site occupier, Hong Hock Global, has been ordered to halt all cable-laying operations. This incident underscores a concerning trend, as Singapore has witnessed at least 19 work-related fatalities in 2023, compared to 30 in all of 2020, 37 in 2021, and 46 in 2022. In response, the government plans to increase fines for certain workplace safety and health law breaches that may lead to death or serious injury, from SG$20,000 to SG$50,000, as a deterrent measure.