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Prevent lapses in construction processes for support structures: Tan Chuan-Jin

Published on Jan 30, 2014 12:08 PM
Acting Minister for Manpower Tan Chuan-Jin at the accident site in Sentosa, where one worker died and another 10 were injured, on Thursday, Jan 30. -- ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG

The Manpower Ministry (MOM) and the construction industry must come together to review and prevent lapses in the building process for support structures, said Acting Minister for Manpower Tan Chuan-Jin.

He was speaking after a visit on Thursday to a worksite near Palawan Beach on Sentosa, where the collapse of a supporting formwork structure had left 10 injured and one dead on Wednesday.

"It's not the first time that (construction companies) are constructing formworks... so why did this happen?" Mr Tan told reporters. "Accidents normally happen when there are lapses."

Wednesday's incident was the sixth construction site accident reported this month, with three in the past week. Of these, five were related to formwork structures.

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