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S’porean mover dies after falling 7 storeys at Robertson Quay condominium

it's the 13th workplace fatality this year

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Singapore – A 23-year-old Singaporean mover died after falling backwards from a ladder over a parapet wall on a 10th-floor unit of a condominium at Watermark@Robertson Quay.

The Workplace Safety and Health Council (WSH) released a bulletin advisory on Monday (Apr 12) regarding the accident.

A group of workers were tasked to move and dispose of furniture and electrical appliances from a unit on the 10th floor of a residential building on Apr 5, read the WSH Alert.

One of the workers was standing on a ladder when he fell backwards over a parapet wall in the service yard area and landed on the third floor below.

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The man was pronounced dead by attending paramedics.

The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) has issued the man’s employer, Apex Worldwide Movers & Services, a stop-work order, reported The Straits Times on Tuesday (Apr 13).

The man was “standing on a ladder when he fell backwards over an opening that was above a 1m-high parapet wall in the service yard. He fell from the 10th floor and landed on the third floor,” said a MOM representative.

MOM is investigating the incident.

The latest case was the 13th workplace fatality this year from 11 incidents, said MOM. Another fatal fall on Feb 10 involved a permanent resident and director at JMS Construction, Mr Koh Kok Heng, falling 4.7 metres through an opening in the floor while overseeing construction work at a semi-detached house in University Walk.

The injured director was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics, said WSH in a separate notice.

In its latest advisory, WSH reminded employers and principals undertaking similar work involving mover services to consider and implement applicable risk control measures such as identifying on-site hazards and briefing workers of possible risks.

Workers must also be adequately supervised to ensure safety, said WSH./TISG

Read related: Three workplace fatalities in two days: Construction firms urged to review safety protocols

Three workplace fatalities in two days: Construction firms urged to review safety protocols

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