- POSTED: 01 Oct 2013 21:30
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The Manpower Ministry is in the process of assessing Monday's crane collapse accident.
SINGAPORE: The Manpower Ministry is in the process of assessing Monday's crane collapse accident.
The assessment will determine if there is a need to set up a Committee of Inquiry, Acting Manpower Minister Tan Chuan-Jin told reporters on Tuesday.
Mr Tan was at the National Arts Gallery's worksite where two workers died after a crane partially collapsed.
He also gave an update on the injured, saying two remain in hospital. One of them is in a critical condition, while the other is in a stable condition.
Mr Tan said two other workers have been discharged from hospital.
While investigations are at an early stage, Mr Tan said it appears some of the crane's wires may have snapped.
He said the crane was carrying a load that was well within its capacity.
Mr Tan was asked whether there was a cause for concern with three workplace related deaths in a week, and whether this is due to a labour crunch putting pressure on workers.
Prior to Monday's incident, a Bangladeshi construction worker fell 20 storeys to his death on 26 September while working at the Silversea condominium construction site along Amber Road.
Mr Tan dismissed the speculations.
He said: "I think it's very important for us to look at each incident and draw the correct conclusions. In this case, it was a crane operation and nothing out of the ordinary.
"The required people were operating the cranes but something happened. It appears as if the wire snapped. We have to look at it on that basis.
"For every incident, let us look at it on its own and then determine whether it is technical, or is there a lapse in any other way?
"I think speculations like that are not necessarily very helpful.
"We are mindful that obviously, there is a tightening in the labour market, but safety measures need to be kept. Regardless, the safety standards ought to be enforced, and that is something we are keeping an eye on."