Home News SG Economy Cleaner dies - Did WP town council ensure contractors have acceptable safety...

Cleaner dies – Did WP town council ensure contractors have acceptable safety practices?




- Advertisement -

A cleaner on duty at a rubbish bin centre in in opposition-run Aljunied Hougang Town Council (AHTC) died yesterday.
AHTC has outsourced the conservancy work to a private contractor, and the cleaner, a Bangladeshi, worked for this contractor. The cleaner, aged 34, was found inside the waste compactor of the centralised refuse chute, and succumbed to his injuries at the hospital.
AHTC and the contractor are now assisting the police and the officers from the Ministry of Manpower in their investigations into the accident.
The town council chairman and MP of Aljuned GRC, Pritam Singh, has said that as investigations are ongoing, it is inappropriate for him to comment further on the accident.
Mr Singh however said that, “the Town Council management has directed all its conservancy contractors to carry out toolbox talks to their staff, and to follow up with additional safety briefings as a matter of urgency”.
A Toolbox Talk is an informal group discussion which focuses on a particular safety issue, and may be used daily to promote a safety culture on the job site.
A toolbox talk developed by Harvard Campus Services for example highlights the following ‘do’s and don’ts’ for hydraulic trash compactor safety:
toolboxWaste disposal workers who come from third world countries like Bangladesh are usually unfamiliar with the waste compactor used in our rubbish bin centres.
The accident and the MP’s comments raises questions of if adequate safety measures where adopted by the outsourced contractors, and if the town-council checked that the outsourced contractor adopted proper safety procedures before awarding them the contract.
The town council chairman has promised to “personally update everyone once the details of the incident are cleared and confirmed”.

Send in your scoop to news@theindependent.sg 

- Advertisement -

Man attacks teen, calls him a virus, damages his phone

Singapore—A sudden attack took a teen by surprise when one man started yelling at him, physically harming him, and throwing his phone into a nearby drain at around 10.30pm on Tuesday (Feb 23) on a section of the road near the...

3 migrant workers die after 10 injured in Tuas industrial building blast

Singapore – Three of the 10 workers injured in an explosion at an industrial building in Tuas on Wednesday (Feb 24) died on Thursday. The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) responded to a fire at No. 32E Tuas Avenue 11 at around...

Film producer says Myanmar maid called her family, wanting to go home, two weeks before she died

A video producer who visited the family of Piang Ngaih Don, the Myanmar maid beaten and starved to death by her employers in 2016, says Ms Piang somehow managed to call her family just two weeks before she died. She told...

Send in your scoop to news@theindependent.sg