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     FrontPage Edition: Sun 2 May 2004

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Worksite Accident in Ayer Rajah; 2 killed & 29 injured

At about 1.40 pm (29 Apr 2004), Police and SCDF were informed of a worksite accident at Dover Road and Ayer Rajah Road.

Resources have been deployed at the scene. So far, 29 workers have been reported injured and have been conveyed to hospital. All are reported to be in stable condition.

One worker was found dead at the accident site. He is a 31 year-old Bangladeshi construction worker who has been holding a work permit pass since March 2004. Efforts are now being made to notify his next-of-kin. Search and rescue operations are continuing. (Source: Singapore Police Force Media Release 29 Apr 2004)

Upon being alerted by the police, BCA engineers went to the site to investigate. Workers were fixing steel bars for a 5m-thick raft foundation for the basement. Initial investigation revealed that the top layer of steel bars for the reinforcement cage of the foundation fell onto the workers below. The steel chairs supporting the top layer steel bars had apparently given way. The cause of this is still under investigation.

This incident is localised within the construction site. The site is on good ground. Visual inspection of the retaining wall reveals that the wall is intact. The adjacent INSEAD building, disused army camp and road (Ayer Rajah Avenue) are not affected by this incident. BCA is monitoring the situation. (Source: Building And Construction Authority Press Release 29 Apr 2004) 

A second body was recovered at the accident site at around 7.00 pm this evening (29 Apr 2004).

The deceased is a 51 year-old Singaporean Chinese man who was a foreman working at the site when the accident occurred.

Police found a wallet in the trouser pocket of the deceased. The personal documents found in the wallet confirmed that the deceased is Mr Lee Chee Yong. (Source: Singapore Police Force Media Release 29 Apr 2004)

The identity of the Bangladeshi worker who was found dead at the worksite accident at Dover Road and Ayer Rajah Road on 29 April 2004 has been confirmed.

The 31-year-old deceased, a construction worker, is Mr Abdul Baten Abdul Jalil. He has been holding a work permit pass since March 2004. (Source: Singapore Police Force Media Release 30 Apr 2004)

News Story constructed using excerpts of Singapore Police Force and Building & Construction Authority Press Releases

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