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At least two men are dead following the collapse of a tower crane at the National Art Gallery construction site on Coleman Street on Monday morning, while three other workers have been seriously injured and are in hospital.
SINGAPORE: At least two men are dead following the collapse of a tower crane at the National Art Gallery construction site on Coleman Street on Monday morning, while three other workers have been seriously injured and are in hospital.
The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said that both workers who died in the accident were pronounced dead at the scene by trauma paramedics. Two other workers were taken by ambulance to Singapore General Hospital, and at least one worker went to Raffles Hospital near Bugis MRT station by himself.
Concrete slabs on the rear of the crane, which serve as counterbalance, came loose at about 10.32am and fell on to scaffolding in the worksite, eyewitnesses said. The National Art Gallery is at the site of the former City Hall and across Coleman Street from St Andrew’s Cathedral.
Engineer Mr Kenneth, 40, told TODAY that the worker who died in the accident is a Thai national. Project manager Mr Gil, meanwhile, said that the crane was about to hoist construction materials when the concrete slabs fell, and he ran for cover just before when he heard a noise from above.
Both men did not want to be identified as their management is not speaking. The main contractor for the site is Takenaka.
The SCDF said they received a report of the incident at 11.33am. An SCDF K-9 unit was at the scene at around 1pm, but the dogs were not deployed to look for survivors within the affected area of the construction site.
The accident is not the first at the worksite near the Supreme Court. On July 25, a crawler crane tilted and its jib landed on Coleman Street, reportedly missing cars driving by.
Of that incident, the National Art Gallery said supervisors from the Takenaka-Singapore Piling Joint Venture took action to close off the street when they noticed the crane begin to dip and that there were “no injuries or damage to vehicles in the vicinity”.