A foreign worker fell and died at a construction site this Friday morning (9 December).
The accident happened at the work site located at the junction of Sembawang Road and Canberra Road, where the worker fell from an upper part of the construction.
Someone reported the accident and the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said they were alerted at 9.48am and immediately their officers came to the junction.
The worker who is a Chinese man in his 40s, was found lying under metal bars by SCDF. Some blood could be seen coming out from his mouth. He was pronounced dead at the scene by the paramedics.
The rise in workplace deaths was mentioned by the Manpower Minister Lim Swee Say who has warned that the fatality rate is likely to hit 2.2 this year.
Mr Lim said in his speech in August towards the target set for 2018, while laying a firmer foundation to sustain improvement on workplace safety for the future, MOM identified 3 priorities. One, improve workplace safety standards in the construction sector. Two, strengthen workplace safety and health competency in our workforce. Three, build collective WSH ownership, called the WSH 2018 Plus plan.
Excluding this incident, the Straits Times has reported that have been 55 cases of fatalities involving foreign workers at construction work sites this year, according to statistics from early October. It was reported that the construction sector had the highest casualty rate.