Worker crushed by waste compacting machinery

A worker was killed while operating trash compacting machinery at a waste collection centre along Bedok Reservoir Road on Jan 11, 2016.
A worker was killed while operating trash compacting machinery at a waste collection centre along Bedok Reservoir Road on Jan 11, 2016.PHOTO: LIANHE WANBAO

SINGAPORE - A Bangladeshi cleaner was crushed to death on Monday while operating waste compacting machinery.

The 37-year-old man, known to his friends as Ali, was trying to operate the machine at the waste collection centre in Bedok Reservoir Road when it malfunctioned.

Chinese evening daily Wanbao said Ali reportedly tried to kick the machine but was rolled into the waste compactor.

A spokesman for the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said they received a call about the incident at about 9.16am.


Bangladeshi cleaner Ali was killed after he was rolled into the waste compactor. PHOTO: INTERVIEWEE

He added that SCDF personnel found Ali "inside the refuse compactor of the centralised refuse chute with no pulse and no breathing".

Paramedics performed CPR on the unconscious man on-site and en-route to Changi General Hospital (CGH), the spokesman added.

The Straits Times understands Ali was pronounced dead at CGH.

Police investigations are ongoing.

In a Facebook post on Tuesday evening, Aljunied-Hougang Town Council (AHTC) chairman Pritam Singh said both AHTC staff and conservancy contractors were assisting the authorities with investigations.

He added that AHTC management had directed its conservancy contractors to carry out safety briefings with its staff in light of the incident.

"The Town Councillors and staff of Aljunied-Hougang Town Council extend our deepest condolences to the family of the deceased," he said.

On Tuesday morning, more than 10 of Ali's friends and family were at the mortuary to claim his body.

His brother-in-law, a 41-year-old construction worker, told Wanbao that Ali was a thrifty family man.

"He worked here for three years with a monthly salary of $600. He would save as much as possible so he could send money back to his wife and children," he said.