SINGAPORE - A crawler crane collapsed at 32 Penjuru Lane, which is off Jurong East, on Friday morning (Feb 18) between 10am and 11am.
Photos provided by a reader showed the crane arm lying on the ground, surrounded by metal and wooden debris. Some workers are pictured standing around and looking at the scene.
Responding to queries from The Straits Times, a Ministry of Manpower (MOM) spokesman said that the workplace incident occurred when the boom, or movable arm, of a crawler crane flipped backwards and collapsed onto the ground. No one was injured.
The spokesman added: “The occupier of the worksite is Sanwah Construction. MOM is investigating the incident and has instructed the occupier to stop all lifting operations.”
The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) told ST that it was not alerted to the incident.
According to MOM's Singapore Workplace Safety and Health Report, there were 23 workplace deaths in the first half of last year, 17 workplace deaths in the first half of 2020 and 13 workplace deaths in the second half of 2020.
The leading causes of death last year were vehicular incidents, followed by falls from height and being struck by falling objects.
There were 312 major workplace injuries in the first half of last year, and 199 major injuries in first half of 2020 and 264 major injuries in the second half of 2020.
The statistics for the second half of last year are currently unavailable.
This article has been edited for clarity