Construction worker dies at Sembawang work site

A foreign worker fell to his death at a Sembawang worksite on Dec 9, 2016.
A foreign worker fell to his death at a Sembawang worksite on Dec 9, 2016.PHOTOS: ST READER

SINGAPORE - A construction worker fell to his death at a Sembawang worksite on Friday (Dec 9) morning.

The police said they were alerted to "a case of unnatural death" at the junction of Sembawang Road and Canberra Road at 9.46am on Friday.

A 47-year-old man was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said that they sent one ambulance to the scene.

Police are investigating the unnatural death.

A spokesman for the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) told The Straits Times that officers from MOM's Occupational Safety and Health Inspectorate responded immediately and have started investigations.

"Preliminary findings indicate that a worker was working on a formwork. The formwork fell off the building and the worker fell with it," said the spokesman. 

A full stop work order has been issued.

The total number of workplace deaths this year is 63 so far, according to MOM.

It was reported that the construction sector had the highest casualty rate.