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2 workplace fatalities in past week, including 69-year-old worker who fell while cleaning windows at a condo

SINGAPORE — Two more fatal workplace accidents occurred last week, including one incident involving a 69-year-old worker who fell while cleaning windows.

Screengrab from Google Street View showing Hilltops Condominium at 99 Cairnhill Circle.

Screengrab from Google Street View showing Hilltops Condominium at 99 Cairnhill Circle.

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SINGAPORE — Two more fatal workplace accidents occurred last week, including one incident involving a 69-year-old worker who fell while cleaning windows.

In a press release on Tuesday (Nov 29), the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) said that the two accidents took place on Friday and Saturday last week, bringing the total number of workplace fatalities to-date in 2022 to 42.

In comparison, there were 37 workplace deaths for the whole of 2021.

The accident involving the 69-year-old happened on Nov 26 at around 6pm.

The worker, a Singaporean hired by Home Cleanz Cleaning and Laundry Services, was carrying out cleaning services at a vacated unit at 99 Cairnhill Circle, Hilltops Condominium.

“He was cleaning the external window panes when he fell from a height of about 9m and landed on the ground below,” said MOM, adding that the worker did not wear personal fall protection equipment.

The man was pronounced dead at the scene by a paramedic, said MOM.

The ministry has since instructed the employer to stop all work-at-height activities and is investigating the accident.

The other fatality happened on Nov 25 at around 11am and involved a 41-year-old Indian national hired by Plant General Services.

The 41-year-old was conducting scaffolding works at Singapore Refining Company in Jurong Island when he fell into the sea.

MOM said the man's body was retrieved on the same day.

The ministry issued a stop work order to the employer to stop scaffolding operations at the piers and is investigating the accident.

To address a recent spate of workplace fatalities, MOM imposed a heightened safety period from Sept 1 to Feb 28 next year. 

During this period, companies may be barred from hiring new foreign employees for up to three months if they are found to have committed serious workplace safety and health breaches after a serious or fatal workplace accident.

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