SINGAPORE: The Housing Development Board (HDB) has revealed that it is assisting in investigating the fatal accident involving a 29-year-old migrant worker at a BTO worksite in Sembawang on Monday  (Oct 9).

The Singapore Civil Defence Force said it received a distress call at 3:05 pm and dispatched personnel to the scene. The injured worker was promptly transported to Khoo Teck Puat Hospital for medical attention. Despite the immediate response, the young migrant worker succumbed to his injuries and died at the hospital.

Preliminary investigations conducted by the police have ruled out any foul play.

The HDB said on Tuesday (Oct 10) that it attaches great importance to the safety of construction sites and will not compromise the safety and health of workers to deliver HDB flats to home buyers on time.

HDB said it conducts regular safety inspections on all ongoing projects, focusing on high-risk areas such as safety in working at heights and ensuring workers’ safe use of machinery. The authorities also regularly organize safety awareness sharing sessions for project contractors and construction site supervisors to remind them of the importance of construction site safety.

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In addition, starting from last July, the authorities introduced more severe penalties for contractors who have had serious safety incidents happen under their charge to improve their safety awareness.

In response to the untimely death of the 29-year-old migrant worker, the HDB expressed its deepest condolences to the family of the deceased and promised to provide them with the support and assistance they need during this difficult time.

29-year-old migrant worker dies in latest worksite accident