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Chai Hung Yin, Ariffin Jamar
Tuesday, May 20, 2014

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Man found dead at Toa Payoh lift site

The New Paper | Chai Hung Yin, Ariffin Jamar | Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Construction worker fell from a height at Block 213 Toa Payoh Lorong 8.

Yesterday afternoon saw another construction site fatality as a worker in his 20s was found dead at the foot of an HDB block.

His body was found near a new lift column, at Block 213, Toa Payoh Lorong 8, that is being constructed as part of upgrading in the area.

The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) says it received a call at 3.30pm about the incident and sent an ambulance. Paramedics pronounced the man, believed to be a China national, dead at the scene. The police are investigating.

The New Paper on Sunday (TNPS) understands that it is an industrial accident and that he had fallen from a height.

It is still unknown how far the worker fell, but when TNPS arrived at the incident area at 4.15pm, police officers could be seen on the 13th storey, pointing down at the upgraded lift.

Due to the noise from the construction, residents interviewed said they were unaware of the incident until they saw police and SCDF vehicles.

According to a notice by China Nuclear Industry Huaxing Construction, the lift upgrading has been going on since March. The company could not be reached for comment by press time.

Member of Parliament for Potong Pasir Sitoh Yih Pin says he is aware of the incident and is awaiting the report from HDB.

The Workplace Safety and Health Council revealed earlier this month that 33 of 59 workplace deaths last year occurred at construction sites. That works out to seven fatalities per 100,000 workers, up from 5.9 in 2012.

This article was published on May 18 in The New Paper.

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