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2 dead and 8 injured in MRT construction site incident

Postby LOLMum » Wed Jul 18, 2012 5:46 pm

Wednesday, Jul 18, 2012
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Bodies found submerged in cement


Work constructing an underground linkway between the new Downtown Line (DTL) and the current East-West Line at Bugis MRT Station started as usual early this morning.

10 workers were working on the casting of permanent roof slab between the new and old sections of Bugis MRT station. Eight were on top of the scaffolding supporting the formwork, while two others were working below.

Then, at 6.50am, the scaffolding 4m below the surface collapsed while workers were pouring concrete into the formwork.

Eight workers were injured and sent to Raffles Hospital, and two were missing. At 9.50am, LTA said that the two workers were still unaccounted for.

Over 50 SCDF rescuers and police officers arrived at the accident site with LTA employees, construction workers and two search dogs.


Collapsed bars and planks from the scaffolding covered the underground structure like a web. Rescue workers made their way through the 30m by 5m, and 15m-deep site by cutting metal bars with a blow torch.

At around 10.40am, a body was spotted trapped under fallen scaffolding and submerged in wet cement. It took workers an hour to extract the body. At noon, the death of one worker was confirmed.

Workers from the Public Utilities Board were also seen checking sewage pipes near the site, while police officers were spotted carrying a body tent, which is usually deployed in cases where deaths occurred.

SCDF officers pumped water in the area to keep the cement wet. It was a race against time to find the other missing worker.

At 12.15pm, LTA assured that the DTL Bugis station structure is "substantially complete" and "structurally sound". As a safety measure, LTA engineers are checking similar scaffolding structures at all its worksites.

At 12.45pm, it was reported that the body of the second worker was found fully submerged in wet cement, and pinned down by wooden planks and scaffolding. It was discovered 1m from the location of the first body. Unfortunately, the second missing worker also died in the accident.

Raffles Hospital said at 2.15pm that five of the eight workers have been discharged. Three patients were admitted for treatment of injuries in the chest, finger and back.

At 1pm, the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) says that all work will be ceased on-site, and investigations are currently on-going.

At 2.40pm, Building and Construction Authority revoked the construction permit for the Downtown Line Bugis station linkway site while further investigations are ongoing.

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Re: 2 dead and 8 injured in MRT construction site incident

Postby Sun_2010 » Wed Jul 18, 2012 5:49 pm

This is at the same site in bugis ( near the junction of ferrari crash) :-(

Dun think can walk past the area without the feeling a bit of unease.

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Re: 2 dead and 8 injured in MRT construction site incident

Postby fightingmom » Wed Jul 18, 2012 5:52 pm

Sun_2010 wrote:This is at the same site in bugis ( near the junction of ferrari crash) :-(

Dun think can walk past the area without the feeling a bit of unease.


Really ? :yikes:

Gives me the creeps !

Overheard from the radio earlier but didn't know it's the same site... :sad:

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Re: 2 dead and 8 injured in MRT construction site incident

Postby Way2GO » Wed Jul 18, 2012 6:26 pm

fightingmom wrote:
Sun_2010 wrote:This is at the same site in bugis ( near the junction of ferrari crash) :-(

Dun think can walk past the area without the feeling a bit of unease.


Really ? :yikes:

Gives me the creeps !

Overheard from the radio earlier but didn't know it's the same site... :sad:


Just a short distance fr d 'accident-prone' location along Victoria St is an old Muslim cemetery at Jalan Kubor.
Apparently unattended n in state of disrepair.
Maybe d spirits r stirring :yikes:

Two Malay brothers on d run killed themselves there. :yikes: :yikes:

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Re: 2 dead and 8 injured in MRT construction site incident

Postby fightingmom » Wed Jul 18, 2012 6:43 pm

Way2GO wrote:
fightingmom wrote:
Sun_2010 wrote:This is at the same site in bugis ( near the junction of ferrari crash) :-(

Dun think can walk past the area without the feeling a bit of unease.


Really ? :yikes:

Gives me the creeps !

Overheard from the radio earlier but didn't know it's the same site... :sad:


Just a short distance fr d 'accident-prone' location along Victoria St is an old Muslim cemetery at Jalan Kubor.
Apparently unattended n in state of disrepair.
Maybe d spirits r stirring :yikes:

Two Malay brothers on d run killed themselves there. :yikes: :yikes:


Gosh ! My hair just stands upon reading your post! :scared: :yikes:

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Re: 2 dead and 8 injured in MRT construction site incident

Postby verykiasu2010 » Thu Jul 19, 2012 3:19 am

also not far from the nichol highway station that collapsed some years back
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Re: 2 dead and 8 injured in MRT construction site incident

Postby limlim » Thu Jul 19, 2012 9:33 am

Just wondering.. during the construction of the MRT lines in the 80s.. using less advance technologies.. were there such serious accidents?

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Re: 2 dead and 8 injured in MRT construction site incident

Postby winchester » Thu Jul 19, 2012 10:31 am

limlim wrote:Just wondering.. during the construction of the MRT lines in the 80s.. using less advance technologies.. were there such serious accidents?


dunno. maybe no reports or reporting then was lax. so engineering less complex as technology not there.

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Re: 2 dead and 8 injured in MRT construction site incident

Postby limlim » Thu Jul 19, 2012 10:59 am

Better technologies should result in better safety and reliability..

Unless.. profiteering kicks in and safety are compromised as costs are cut.

Sure, nationalized operator cannot be as efficient as private organizations when generating profit.. but at least they are less likely to scrimp on essential quality parts as well as due safety considerations and infrastructures.

Wonder what pple will do when they are obsessed with profits..

ps: this is just a general remark.. we know SMRT do not build MRT lines..

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