Fatal track accident: 2 sacked SMRT workers to submit appeals

Paramedics from the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) at the SMRT accident scene on March 22.
Paramedics from the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) at the SMRT accident scene on March 22. PHOTO: ST FILE

The two workers sacked by transport operator SMRT Corp over a fatal track accident in March will submit appeals next week.

SMRT has given them until next week to appeal, and the National Transport Workers' Union is helping them to do so, said labour chief Chan Chun Sing yesterday.

The union will discuss the next steps after the appeals are filed, he told reporters on the sidelines of a dialogue with human resource professionals.

Earlier this week, SMRT fired Mr Rahmat Mohd, 49, who drove the train that struck and killed two SMRT trainees undergoing on-the- job training on the tracks near Pasir Ris station on March 22.

Mr Nasrulhudin Najumudin, 26, and Mr Muhammad Asyraf Ahmad Buhari, 24, were part of a group of 15 sent to investigate a possible fault with a track equipment.

The other employee who was dismissed is believed to be part of the work team on the track that day.

SMRT, which conducted an internal probe into the tragedy, said the accident occurred as safety measures, such as deploying watchmen to look out for approaching trains, were not followed. Besides firing the two workers, SMRT sent verbal and written warnings to other staff.

In an internal e-mail message on Wednesday, SMRT Trains managing director Lee Ling Wee said: "Individual performance grades were recalibrated downwards across various levels of the Trains team, including senior management."

Mr Chan said the union will continue to engage with SMRT to "see how we can best manage this issue".

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 17, 2016, with the headline 'Fatal track accident: 2 sacked SMRT workers to submit appeals'. Print Edition | Subscribe