2 freak accidents leave 2 dead in 2 days

A Bangladeshi worker died in hospital on 8 June 2012, a day after the cherry picker he was in hit an overhead bridge and threw him to the ground.

Two men have been killed in freak accidents involving workplace equipment.

The first accident occurred on Thursday afternoon when a 29-year-old Bangladeshi worker identified as Mr Nazrul was putting up advertisements on lamp-posts along Cantonment Road.

He was working from a cherry-picker at a height of 6m when he fell.

Details of the accident are not clear but Lianhe Wanbao reported that as the cherry-picker turned from one lamp-post to the next, it hit an overhead bridge.

Mr Nazrul is believed to have lost his balance and fallen out.

He was taken to the Singapore General Hospital, where he died on Friday afternoon.

In the second accident, a 58-year-old Chinese man was killed by falling metal pieces at the Changi Cargo Complex on Saturday.

The Singapore Civil Defence Force received a call for an ambulance at 4.42pm, a spokesman said. The man was pronounced dead when it arrived.

The man's colleague was believed to have been operating a forklift carrying a crate of metal pieces when the accident happened.

The man's head was crushed when the metal pieces fell on him.


This article was first published in The New Paper.

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