Two charged over Bugis Downtown Line's fatal worksite accident

The main and sub-contractor at a construction site at Bugis Station were charged in court on Thursday, Aug 22, 2013, over a collapse (above) that resulted in the deaths of two migrant workers on July 18 last year. -- FILE PHOTO: ZAOBAO
The main and sub-contractor at a construction site at Bugis Station were charged in court on Thursday, Aug 22, 2013, over a collapse (above) that resulted in the deaths of two migrant workers on July 18 last year. -- FILE PHOTO: ZAOBAO

The main and sub-contractor at a construction site at Bugis Station have been charged in court over a collapse that resulted in the deaths of two migrant workers.

Soletanche Bachy-Koh Brothers Joint Venture, the occupier of the site, is said to have failed to take measures to ensure that the workplace was safe and without risks to health to every person within the premises on July 18 last year.

The company allegedly failed to ensure that the formwork structures were inspected and certified by a professional engineer before the placement of concrete, and ensure that a formwork supervisor regularly inspected the structures.

This resulted in an accident that caused the deaths of Mr Dou Chunjie and Meng Huai You and injured eight others.

The sub-contractor, Sin Herh Construction, the employer of the two Chinese nationals, faces two charges.

The company allegedly failed to ensure the safe erection of the formwork structure for the linkway roof slab and safe conduct of the concreting operation, resulting in the accident.

It is also accused of failing to identify the hazards associated with the rectification of leakage or repair to the formwork structure during concreting and the hazards of the structure collapsing.

If convicted of the charge against it, Soletanche Bachy-Koh Brothers Joint Venture could be fined up to $500,000.

If convicted of the first charge against it, Sin Herh could be fined up to $500,000.

The maximum penalty for the second charge against Sin Herh is a fine of up to $10,000. The cases will be mentioned again on Sept 19.

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