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Worker dies after being hit by timber fragment in Singapore

SINGAPORE (CNA) – A worker died in hospital on Wednesday a week after being hit by a timber fragment, taking the total number of workplace fatalities this year to 30.

The 51-year-old man was working at Pasir Ris Drive 1 on July 6 when the accident happened at about 10am, said the Ministry of Manpower (MOM).

The worker was struck by a timber fragment when it broke from a piece of plywood that was used in a pile load test, said the ministry.

He was taken to Changi General Hospital and died from his injuries a week later on July 13.

In construction, piling involves drilling foundations through the ground to provide structural strength and prepare the ground to carry heavy infrastructure loads, such as a new home or office building.

Load tests are carried out by placing weights or pressure on these foundation piles to assess the load it can carry.

“As a general safety measure for activities where flying fragments are common, steps should be taken to prevent these fragments from hitting persons or causing property damage,” said MOM.

A piling company was instructed to stop all activities relating to pile testing. PHOTO: CNA