Faulty "contactor" could have caused Navy accident

Faulty "contactor" could have caused Navy accident

It's been over three weeks since the accident involving Navy serviceman Jason Chee and preliminary investigations showed that a switch malfunction could have caused the accident.

SINGAPORE: It's been over three weeks since the accident involving Navy serviceman Jason Chee and preliminary investigations showed that a switch malfunction could have caused the accident.

Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen revealed this on Tuesday when he spoke about Mr Chee, who lost both legs and his left arm after being caught between a motorised winch and a rope on the warship RSS Endeavour at Changi Naval Base.

Dr Ng was asked how much Mr Chee will be compensated, and said he will address the issue in Parliament.

Military Expert Jason Chee has crossed a recovery milestone after the horrific accident on a Navy Landing Ship Tank, where he lost his limbs.

Mr Chee is able to breathe on his own.

Giving an update on the situation while visiting a recreational club for servicemen in Toa Payoh, Dr Ng said Mr Chee faces a long road to recovery.

"Beyond the compensation and welfare provision, we want to see him through the milestones. And this is looking very far forward, if we can, we want to as far as possible, if he is able to, find a vocation that fits his abilities. There are many things to look at," Dr Ng said.

Mr Chee's relatives told Channel NewsAsia before that the whole incident has put them under tremendous pressure. Those working have had to take leave, so as to give full support to Mr Chee at the hospital.

It seems a faulty "contactor" on the ship may have played a part in causing Mr Chee's injuries.

A "contactor" is an electrically-controlled switch used for opening or closing a power circuit.

Dr Ng said contactors on the Navy's Landing Ship Tanks and other vessels have been replaced.

He said Mr Chee's transfer from the intensive care unit to a high-dependency ward is a major milestone.

"Our next major milestone, as I was talking to his doctors, is to aim towards him being discharged from hospital so that he can go back to independent living," said Dr Ng.

Dr Ng said the Singapore Armed Forces Inspectorate overlooking safety will take this accident into account.

He added that the military will look at introducing other mechanisms to prevent similar cases from happening.

Source: CNA/de/fa

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