Construction worker dies after a 7-storey fall in Woodlands
A WORKER from China died on Sunday at a Woodlands construction site, bringing the workplace death toll this year to at least 49.
The 33-year-old fell seven storeys while working at the Woodlands Avenue 12 site, which is run by Wee Hur Construction.
His death came four days after a workplace health and safety conference last week, at which Manpower Minister Lim Swee Say warned the workplace death rate was likely to go up this year.
The accident occurred at project Mega@Woodlands, which according to a signboard at the site, is an eight-storey industrial factory development slated for completion in the fourth quarter of 2017.
A Ministry of Manpower (MOM) spokesman said, at around 9am on Sunday, a team of workers had been installing formwork - moulds into which concrete is poured - for a column on the seventh storey of the building.
One of the formwork panels fell over the edge of the building, taking the victim with it.
Police said they received a call for assistance at 10am. Paramedics pronounced the victim dead at the scene.
The Straits Times understands the worker was wearing a safety harness at the time of the accident but it is not clear if it was clipped onto a lifeline.
MOM is investigating the cause of the accident and has issued a stop work order on all formwork and lifting operations at the site.