Bangladeshi worker killed after concrete slab falls on him

A Bangladeshi worker was killed at a Downtown MRT Line construction site near Botanic Gardens yesterday morning after a concrete slab fell on him.

The Straits Times reported that 35-year-old Masud Al Mamun was operating an excavator deep in the ground when the slab fell on him at the construction site along Evans Road, off Bukit Timah Road.

Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) rescuers had to use a breaking tool kit to break a portion of the concrete slab. It took them nearly five hours to reach the man lying motionless on the ground.

A 10-tonne jack and two airbags were used to stabilise the concrete slab before they could remove Mr Masud Al Mamun.

He was pronounced dead at about 9am.

According to the English daily, Mr Masud Al Mamun was with another worker at the lowest level of the site, three to four storeys below ground, when the accident happened.

They had been tasked to remove the concrete slab, which later fell on Mr Mamun.

The other worker had managed to move away in time as he saw soil crumbling from above.

He was not injured.

The Straits Times said the Ministry of Manpower is investigating the case and has issued a stop work order on all excavation and concreting works at the worksite.

The Land Transport Authority, which oversees the Downtown Line, is also investigating.

The police have classified the case as an unnatural death. Investigations are ongoing.

paullim@sph.com.sg

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