74-year-old S'porean worker dies after falling off elevated platform at loading bay

Investigations are ongoing.

Jane Zhang | August 24, 2021, 08:01 PM

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A worker in Singapore has died after he fell off of an elevated platform next to a ramp on Aug. 13.

The Straits Times (ST) reported that he was a 74-year-old Singaporean logistics worker, and that the incident occurred at Century Square mall in Tampines.

Fell off of 1-metre platform

According to a bulletin by the Workplace Safety and Health (WSH) Council on Monday (Aug. 23), the man had been pulling a hand trolley backwards in a loading bay when he fell off of the open side of the elevating platform next to a ramp.

The platform was one metre tall.

The bulletin said that he may have mistakenly entered the elevating platform rather than the ramp.

The worker was conveyed to the hospital, where he passed away the following day.

Investigations are still ongoing.

WSH Council recommendations

In order to prevent such accidents, the WSH Council recommended that employers brief workers — new and temporary workers in particular — on the hazards in the workplace, safe work procedures, and other risk controls that are in place, before allowing work to begin.

In addition, the bulletin recommended that warning signs or bright warning tape and labels be installed at the open sides of elevating platforms, in order to make fall hazards clearly visible.

The WSH Council also added that workers who must move backwards while moving goods should frequently check behind them for trip and fall hazards.

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