MOM orders unloading work on vessel at Jurong Port to stop after man falls from 15m height

SCDF officers treating the injuries of the worker who fell while unloading steel pipes on board a vessel in Jurong Port, on June 10, 2021.
SCDF officers treating the injuries of the worker who fell while unloading steel pipes on board a vessel in Jurong Port, on June 10, 2021.PHOTO: SCDF/FACEBOOK
The stretcher carrying the injured worker being manoeuvred through a narrow hatch.
The stretcher carrying the injured worker being manoeuvred through a narrow hatch.PHOTO: SCDF/FACEBOOK

SINGAPORE - The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) has instructed Jurong Port to stop all unloading works on board a vessel after a dock worker fell from a height of 15m while working on it.

Responding to queries from The Straits Times, MOM said on Friday (June 11) that it is investigating the incident on Thursday in which the worker, a 48-year-old Malaysian national, fell while he was unloading steel pipes from the vessel.

He sustained multiple fractures and was taken to National University Hospital, where he is currently in intensive care, MOM added.

"MOM is investigating the incident and has instructed the occupier to stop all unloading works on board the vessel," said MOM, adding that the occupier and man's employer is Jurong Port.

A spokesman for Jurong Port said the man is in a stable condition and the company is also investigating the incident.

In a Facebook post on Thursday night, the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said it received a call for assistance at about 5pm.

It said that when SCDF officers arrived at the port, the man was being treated by the company's emergency response team.

The rescuers, along with emergency medical services personnel from Jurong and Jurong Island fire stations, went below the deck to assess and stabilise the condition of the man.

SCDF said firefighters and members of SCDF's Disaster Assistance and Rescue Team worked with the company's emergency response team to carefully secure the man onto a stretcher before pulling him out of the cargo hold.

It added: "The final stage of the rescue operation involved the delicate manoeuvring of the stretcher within the confines of a narrow hatch."

In April, a 45-year-old Jurong Port worker, a Malaysian, was injured when he was struck by hoisted materials being unloaded from a vessel at the port.

The latest incident comes after an SMRT technician was killed and his co-worker injured when a car jack supporting a bus they were working on gave way in a workshop at SMRT's Ang Mo Kio bus depot on Sunday.

MOM said that there were close to 3,300 workplace injuries between January and March this year, compared with over 3,100 workplace injuries in the same period last year.

"Our workers' lives are of utmost importance, and we urge everyone to make workplace safety a priority to prevent the occurrence of future injuries and fatalities," said the ministry.