Young migrant worker falls to his death after rope holding him snaps in freak accident

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The site where the accident occurred (Google Maps)

A young migrant worker fell to his death this Tuesday when a rope attached to him at a construction site snapped in a freak accident.

The Indian national had been secured to the rope and was hovering several floors above ground as he was painting the exterior of the Royal Plaza on Scotts. Suddenly, the rope holding him became caught on the side mirror of a private bus that was passing on the road below and snapped, causing the worker to plunge to his death.

The police, who were alerted to the accident at 5.37pm, found the worker lying motionless when they arrived at the scene. Paramedics later pronounced the young man dead at the scene.

The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) has reported that the worker was employed by CKR Paints and Coating Specialist and that main contractor for the works at the Royal Plaza on Scotts is Advanced Specialist. All works involving rope access were halted after the accident.

MOM and police investigations are ongoing.

Just last week, another young migrant worker fell to his death in another accident. A 28-year-old Bangladeshi migrant worker plunged from the fifth floor to the first floor while his team was carrying out lift upgrading works at a HDB block in Chai Chee Road.

Young migrant worker dies during lift upgrading works at Chai Chee Rd HDB block