Two workers die after fire at chemical plant

Two workers, a Singaporean and an Indian national, died after suffering burns during a fire at a chemical plant on Jurong Island last Friday.

They were among a group of workers who were carrying out purging of a hydrocarbon pipeline when a fire broke out in the plant at 21 Sakra Avenue.

The 38-year-old Singaporean and the 29-year-old Indian were taken to Ng Teng Fong Hospital, where their burns were treated. They were then transferred to Singapore General Hospital and died after surgery.

The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) had deployed a combined platform ladder to rescue the two men from the top platform of a process vessel when it responded to the incident at 11.25pm last Friday.

The fire was put out by the chemical company's emergency response team before the SCDF arrived.

The Ministry of Manpower said that the Singaporean worker's employer, Celanese Singapore, is the occupier of the worksite, and the Indian was employed by Texeco Engineering. The ministry is investigating the incident and has ordered all purging activities to stop at the site.

The Workplace Safety and Health Council said on Tuesday that the fire broke out when the hose connected to the nitrogen supply ruptured owing to high pressure.

Correction note: An earlier version of the story said the two workers died in Ng Teng Fong Hospital. This was not the case. They were transferred from Ng Teng Fong Hospital to Singapore General Hospital where they died. We are sorry for the error.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 13, 2020, with the headline 'Two workers die after fire at chemical plant'. Print Edition | Subscribe