Worker who died not told to fell tree: Employer
Claim that he was supposed to clear bushes contradicts workers' accounts
The construction worker who died when a massive tree toppled on him had been told to clear only undergrowth and saplings, his employer said yesterday.
Meng Guan Landscape & Construction said Mr Jayaraman Gunasekaran was not supposed to be felling large specimens like the 10m-tall Albizia that crushed him on Sunday.
It added that the 36-year-old Indian national, who had been working for the firm for many years, may have been clearing bushes nearby when his excavator accidentally damaged the tree's roots. This could have toppled the Albizia, a species known to be especially prone to falling during storms. However, the company's account contradicts that of workers who said he had been trying to fell the 1.5m-thick tree by loosening the soil at its base.
Mr Jayaraman - who had a wife and two young daughters back in Tamil Nadu - was helping to clear forest on Thomson Road, where the Caldecott MRT interchange is due to be built.