A 48 year old Malaysian construction worker died on March 1st, whilst working on the Singapore Land Transport Authority’s (LTA) Thomson Line project. The accident happened whilst the worker was dismantling a TBM following the completion of tunnelling works on Contract T209 – Design and Construction of Lentor Station and Tunnels, which was awarded to the China Railway No 5 Engineering Group in 2013.
The LTA released this statement: ”The Land Transport Authority (LTA) is deeply saddened by a fatal accident which took place this morning at 3:35am in a tunnel that connects to Lentor station, which is currently under construction for the Thomson–East Coast Line.
The worker fell from a raised working platform in the tunnel and was unconscious after the fall. He was subsequently pronounced dead by paramedics at 4.30am.
“The worker was employed to dismantle components of Tunnel Boring Machines, following the completion of tunnelling works. LTA is working with the contractor to assist the worker’s family. Following the incident, LTA also imposed a safety timeout to review work processes and is assisting the Ministry of Manpower and the Police in their investigations.”
Singapore’s Ministry of Manpower (MOM) was reported in the Straits Times to have said the chamber – which was being lowered using chain blocks – suddenly swung and hit the platform that one of the workers was standing on, causing him to fall from it.