Worker killed in dough machine

They came to Singapore to seek a better life for themselves and their families.

Now, that dream is shattered, as three foreign workers - a Chinese national and two Malaysians - died in separate accidents over the weekend.

The Chinese national, in his 20s, died on the job, while the Malaysians were fatalities in a road accident.

The Chinese worker, whose name was not released, had been cleaning an industrial-sized dough-mixing machine at a food factory at Defu Lane late on Saturday.

Just before 11pm, things went wrong.

The worker's leg got caught in the machine, trapping him. Try as he might, he could not free himself.

Then the machine started up suddenly.

Alarmed, the worker shouted for help.

Lianhe Wanbao reported that the worker later died in the machine.

The New Paper understands that the machine has curved blades attached to its centre.

When the machine is activated, the blades would rotate. It is not known how big the machine or the blades are.

When TNP called the factory, Eng Bee Foodstuffs Manufacturing, its general manager, who wanted to be known only as Mr Teo, said this was the first such accident they have had.

He declined to comment further and hung up.

The company manufactures rice vermicelli, laksa noodles, shrimp paste and rojak paste.

It also specialises in processing peanuts and sesame seeds.

The halal-certified company provides supplies to supermarkets, hawkers and bakeries.

When TNP visited the factory yesterday, a woman was sitting by its doors. When asked what had happened, she said she did not know.

Inside the single-storey building, there were stacks of rice vermicelli piled high on the shelves.

When TNP asked to speak to the manager, a man approached and said: "It's not convenient to talk."

Shaking his head, he declined to answer any queries and walked away quickly.

Immediately after that, the doors were shut and the factory gate was locked.

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