Worker dies after 6m fall
A construction site under a flyover at Yio Chu Kang Road turned into a sombre scene yesterday morning.
A man died and three others were injured after an elevated platform collapsed.
The four men were on a temporary work platform about 6m off the ground, near the CTE exit, when it suddenly gave way.
The deceased, who is believed to be a 24-year-old from India, was pronounced dead by paramedics from the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF), who arrived at the scene at about 11am.
The three injured workers were taken conscious to Khoo Teck Puat Hospital (KTPH).
The New Paper (TNP) understands that two of the injured are from India - a 34-year-old and a 30-year-old. The third man is believed to be a 25-year-old from Bangladesh.
A police spokesman said they received a call for assistance at 10.57am yesterday. He said: "Upon arrival, a 24-year-old man was lying motionless and was pronounced dead by paramedics."
According to the Land Transport Authority (LTA), the men were involved in works to widen the flyover.
When TNP arrived at the scene at 12.30pm, the body was lying in what appeared to be a pool of rubble, right beside the road. The body was covered by a piece of white cloth, but the man's gloved hand could be seen peeking out from the rubble.
About 5m away from the body, it was a hushed and solemn atmosphere as officers from the Ministry of Manpower, LTA and the police spoke to construction workers who had neon green vests and hard hats on.
Some of these workers had the name Utraco, a construction company, written on their vests and hard hats.
At KTPH, a man, who was speaking to these workers at the incident site, was seen pushing another man on a wheelchair into the Acute and Emergency Care Centre at 4.15pm.
When asked about the tragedy, the man declined to comment. TNP has also reached out to Utraco, which has yet to comment as well.
An LTA spokesman said that it is "deeply saddened" by the incident and that it would work with the contractor to help the affected workers and their family members.
He added: "The structure of the existing flyover is not affected by this incident."
Police are still investigating the cause of the incident.
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