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F&B firm, OUB Centre among 6 charged over death of 1-Altitude security officer who fell into manhole

SINGAPORE — Three companies and their representatives were charged on Thursday (March 3) over a series of safety lapses that allegedly led to the death of a part-time security officer at 1-Altitude rooftop cafe-bar in 2019.

F&B firm, OUB Centre among 6 charged over death of 1-Altitude security officer who fell into manhole
1-Altitude cafe-bar at One Raffles Place, which is run by Synergyinthesky.
  • Shaun Tung Mun Hon, a security officer, died at age 26 in 2019
  • Three companies, including the firm that owns 1-Altitude cafe-bar, and their three representatives were charged over his death
  • A coroner's inquiry previously heard that Tung fell into an uncovered manhole while running after two customers

SINGAPORE — Three companies and their representatives were charged on Thursday (March 3) over a series of safety lapses that allegedly led to the death of a part-time security officer at 1-Altitude rooftop cafe-bar in 2019.

Shaun Tung Mun Hon had died of a head injury at age 26 after falling into an uncovered 4m-deep gondola pit — or manhole — on the second floor of 1-Altitude at One Raffles Place, which is run by food-and-beverage firm Synergyinthesky.

The three companies — Synergyinthesky; OUB Centre, which occupies the rooftop at One Raffles Place; and A&P Maintenance Services — face various charges relating to the death.

Court documents stated that Synergyinthesky allegedly failed to adequately consider the hazards created by the opening and implement the relevant risk control measures.

It is also accused of failing to establish and implement safe work procedures for their employees performing security work to control the risks posed by the opening.

This resulted in Tung’s death in the early hours of June 9, 2019.

Ong Han Peng, 50, Synergyinthesky's chief executive officer and managing director, was also handed a similar charge on Thursday.

OUB Centre faces two charges. It had allegedly failed to ensure that all means of access or egress from the gondola pit were safe and without risk to health of everyone within the premises. It is also accused of failing to ensure that the opening was covered or guarded by effective barriers to prevent a fall.

Rodney Yeo Kuang Hsing, 51, a director of OUB Centre, faces a similar charge of failing to ensure that the opening was covered or guarded.

A&P Maintenance Services faces two charges. It is accused of failing to conduct an adequate assessment of the risks of the manhole, and not promptly implementing a solution to the gondola's obstruction by a structural beam, which then left the opening exposed.

Teo Eng Hua, 62, the senior operations manager of A&P, who was overseeing the facade cleaning works, was charged with failing to take adequate steps to address the risks posed by the manhole.

WHAT HAPPENED

A coroner’s inquiry into Tung’s death had revealed that the opening had been uncovered by workers tasked with cleaning the building’s facade.

The state coroner said then that there were safety lapses at the bar and that his death could have been avoided.

The coroner’s court heard that Tung had fallen into the hole while running towards two unidentified customers entering a restricted area.

The second floor had been cordoned off to the public, with warning signs and barricades set up, but two men purportedly pushed aside the barricade at about 1.30am that day to go up the steps to the restricted area.

The men, who have not been identified, had come from a dance floor on the first level and returned there after several security officers shouted at them.

However, when Tung, who was on the second floor looking out, spotted the two men, he ran towards them, shining his torchlight at them to warn them.

He did not shine his light on the floor, where the opening to the pit was, and fell in, a police investigation officer testified during the inquiry. His colleagues saw him fall in and his supervisor went to the scene to see him lying face-down in the pit.

Tung had missed the security supervisor’s first briefing where they were told about the opening. He was briefed privately about it later and shown the manhole.

    If convicted under the Workplace Safety and Health Act, Synergyinthesky, OUB Centre and A&P Maintenance Services could be fined up to S$500,000 each. 

    Ong and Yeo could be jailed for up to two years or fined up to S$200,000 if convicted. Teo could be jailed for up to two years or fined up to S$30,000, or both. 

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