Fatal accident: SMRT, 2 others in the dock

Sacked SMRT assistant engineer Lim Say Heng (left), director of control operations Teo Wee Kiat (centre), and SMRT's chief technology officer Ng Bor Kiat (right).
Sacked SMRT assistant engineer Lim Say Heng (left), director of control operations Teo Wee Kiat (centre), and SMRT's chief technology officer Ng Bor Kiat (right). ST PHOTOS: WONG KWAI CHOW

Rail operator SMRT, a director and a former employee were yesterday charged over the March 22 track accident which took two lives.

Mr Nasrulhudin Najumudin, 26, and Mr Muhammad Asyraf Ahmad Buhari, 24, were among 15 men who went on the tracks near Pasir Ris station that day. Both were fatally hit by an oncoming train.

The assistant engineer in charge, Lim Say Heng, is charged with causing death by a negligent act after allegedly failing to ensure trains could not enter the track. He was sacked two months ago. SMRT Trains and director of control operations Teo Wee Kiat were charged under the Workplace Safety and Health Act for failing to take necessary measures to ensure the safety of employees.

The company faces a fine of up to $500,000. Teo could be fined up to $200,000 and/or jailed for up to two years. The maximum penalty for causing death by committing a negligent act is two years in jail and a fine.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 02, 2016, with the headline 'Fatal accident: SMRT, 2 others in the dock'. Print Edition | Subscribe