A fatal accident occurred at Tuas yesterday (19 May) while construction was being done on the Tuas West Extension for the East-West MRT Line.
A worker driving a forklift hit another worker who was squatting and patching holes at a viaduct deck at the TWE1687 section.
The worker was sent to hospital but died of his injuries.
Sources say the forklift was carrying a bucket full of debris and the driver’s vision was blocked.
The driver was said to be using his handphone while driving the forklift.
Apparently, investigations showed that his mobile phone was used in the moments leading up to the incident.
The incident involved workers from China Railway 11 Bureau Group Corporation, which is the contractor appointed by the Land Transport Authority to manage the TWE project.
Safety measures have been tightened in the immediate wake of the incident.
These include clear demarcation of forklift routes and having workers guide machinery drivers when there is no clear line of sight.
Tuas West Extension is an extension of the East-West Line from Joo Koon station.
It comprises a 7.5km long twin tracked MRT viaduct, four aboveground stations and a depot.
The stations – Tuas, Tuas Crescent, Tuas West and Tuas Link – will improve the MRT connectivity in the Tuas area.