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Sub-contractor fined $100,000 for Bugis Downtown Line accident

Sub-contractor slapped with S$100,000 fine for Bugis Downtown Line worksite collapse which killed two workers.

SINGAPORE: A sub-contractor engaged in construction work for the Bugis Downtown Line MRT station has been fined S$100,000 on Wednesday (May 21) for not taking measures to ensure the safety and health of its workers.

A representative of Sin Herh Construction, 52-year-old director, Han Xiang Dong, was present in court to pay the fine.

On 18 July 2012, two Chinese workers died and eight others were injured after a supporting formwork structure collapsed during construction of a pedestrian linkway near the station.

At the time, some workers were working underneath the structure and were pinned down by the collapsing structure and wet concrete. 

Others were injured as they were working on the formwork structure and fell when it gave way.

Investigations revealed that the construction firm had engaged WRX Consultants to provide professional engineer services to design and oversee construction of temporary structures at the worksite.

The consultants also had to inspect and certify that the structure for the linkway roof adhered to the approved design and was safe.

On 5 July 2012, the formwork structure was inspected and certified by WRX engineer, Lin Chunbin, but not by the qualified WRX professional engineer, Wu Ruixin. 

Investigations found that Sin Herh Construction failed to build the structure as per the design requirement using approved equipment and material.

Numerous defective components with cracks - a sign of pre-existing corrosion fatigue - were used.

Workers assigned to monitor the formwork shoring system for stability were also not trained as formwork supervisors.

In sentencing, the judge expressed hope there would be closure to the case and that the company will take steps to ensure such accidents do not happen again.

The main contractor for the project, Soletanche Bachy-Koh Brothers was, fined S$70,000 in February. 

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