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2 workers die at Keppel Shipyard in Tuas after being thrown from a height of 20m

SINGAPORE — Two Bangladeshi workers died on Monday (March 28) night after they were thrown off a vessel docked at Keppel Shipyard in Tuas.

2 workers die at Keppel Shipyard in Tuas after being thrown from a height of 20m

A fatal workplace accident occurred at 51 Pioneer Sector 1 on March 28, 2022.

SINGAPORE — Two Bangladeshi workers died on Monday (March 28) night after they were thrown off a vessel docked at Keppel Shipyard in Tuas.

In response to TODAY’s queries on Wednesday, the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) said that the two workers — aged 42 and 30 — landed on the dock after they were thrown from a height of about 20m.

The two were among three workers who were working “on a scaffold built around a structure, which was atop a vessel docked in the shipyard”.

“At around 10pm, the structure suddenly collapsed, causing a part of the scaffold to be flung out of the vessel,” MOM said.

Two workers were pronounced dead at the scene by attending paramedics.

The ministry added that the third worker — a 25-year-old Bangladeshi man — clung to the structure and was rescued by the shipyard’s emergency response team.

He was taken to Ng Teng Fong General Hospital, where he received outpatient treatment.

MOM on Wednesday said that Keppel Shipyard is the occupier of the site and the employer of the 42-year-old worker. The other two were employees of Veekee Engineering, a firm that specialises in the building and repairing of ships, tankers and other ocean-going vessels.

The ministry also said that as a general safety measure, companies should ensure that all temporary work platforms such as scaffolds are securely anchored.

“MOM is investigating the incident and has instructed Keppel Shipyard to stop all works involving such structures onboard the vessel.”

Keppel Shipyard on Wednesday said that it deeply regrets the tragic incident that resulted in the loss of two workers’ lives.

The firm said that the two workers were working onboard a vessel in the dry dock when the incident happened.

“Our deepest condolences go out to the families of the deceased and we are rendering our full assistance to them.

“Keppel Shipyard values the life of every worker and we are working closely with the authorities to conduct thorough investigations and reviews. As investigations are ongoing, we are unable to provide further details,” it added.

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