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SMRT technician dies, another injured after being pinned under bus they were repairing

SINGAPORE: An SMRT technician died on Sunday (Jun 6) after being pinned under a bus he was repairing.

The technician, a 43-year-old Singapore permanent resident, and another worker, 44, were injured while repairing the mini-bus at the Automotive Services commercial repair centre at Ang Mo Kio depot on Sunday morning.

The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said that it received a call at about 9.45am for assistance at 6 Ang Mo Kio Street 62. 

SCDF took two people to Khoo Teck Puat Hospital. One person had a serious head injury while the second person complained of chest pain, a spokesperson said.

The police said that investigations into the unnatural death are ongoing.

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"We are saddened that one of them, an automotive technical officer, succumbed to his injuries and passed away at the hospital," said Mr Venkatesan P V, general manager of SMRT Automotive Services on Wednesday.  

"We have conveyed our deepest condolences to the staff’s family and are providing assistance and support at this very difficult time." 

He added that the company is giving care and support to the injured staff member, a Malaysian, who has been discharged and is on medical leave.

A stop-work order has been issued to the Automotive Services commercial repair centre at Ang Mo Kio Depot, while the other automotive workshops conducted a safety time-out.

"We are assisting MOM and the police with investigations," said Mr Venkatesan.

Car jacks used to raise a bus that fell on two workers. (Photo: Workplace Safety & Health Council)

A Workplace Safety and Health (WSH) Council alert on Wednesday said that the two workers had raised a bus using two car jacks and were working under the vehicle when one of the jacks suddenly collapsed. 

The WSH Council said car jacks should not be used to lift heavy vehicles such as buses and lorries. Jacking equipment for heavy vehicles should be used instead. 

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Vehicle stands and props should also be used to provide additional support. Where available, a vehicle maintenance pit or purpose-built vehicle ramp or lift should be used, it said.

The National Transport Workers’ Union (NTWU) said that union leaders are in touch with the family of the deceased worker to provide help and support. 

"The union has also provided a token sum to tide the family through this trying period," said NTWU executive secretary Melvin Yong.

"Safety at the workplace is of paramount importance to our workers. The union will be working with SMRT Automotive Services and the relevant agencies to investigate what happened, and to review the current safety measures and safety protocols where necessary.”

The scene of an accident where a worker died after a wheel loader reversed and hit him. (Photo: Workplace Safety & Health Council)


In a separate fatal workplace accident that occurred last Thursday, a wheel loader used to transfer gravel and sand hit an Indian worker while it was reversing. 

A rear-view camera was installed on the wheel loader, but its warning beacon and reverse alarm were not functioning, said a WSH bulletin.

Police said that it received a call for help at 9.16am at Marina East Drive. 

A 50-year-old man was unconscious when taken to the hospital, where he subsequently died from his injuries. He is employed by YTL Concrete.

MOM said that it is investigating the accident and has instructed the company to stop all traffic movement within the premises.

Police said that a 46-year-old man was arrested for a negligent act causing death. Police investigations are ongoing.

Source: CNA/hm(cy)


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