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A 69yr old worker died after falling while cleaning a window, the 42nd Workplace Fatality in 2022

Updated: Oct 19, 2023

The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) announced in a news statement on Tuesday (Nov 29) that the two incidents occurred on Friday and Saturday last week, bringing the overall number of workplace deaths in 2022 to 42.

Two more fatal workplace accidents occurred last week, including one incident involving a 69-year-old worker who fell while cleaning windows.

In comparison, there were 37 workplace fatalities in 2021.

The 69-year-old was involved in an accident on November 26 about 6 p.m.

The employee, a Singaporean employed by Home Cleanz Cleaning and Laundry Services, was cleaning a vacated unit at 99 Cairnhill Circle, Hilltops Condominium.

"He was cleaning the outdoor window panes when he fell from roughly 9m and landed on the ground below," MOM stated, adding that the worker was not wearing personal fall protection equipment.

A paramedic pronounced the guy dead at the site, according to MOM.

Since then, the ministry has directed the employer to halt all work-at-height operations and is investigating the accident.

The other tragedy occurred on November 25 at around 11 a.m. and was a 41-year-old Indian national employed for Plant General Services.

The 41-year-old fell into the sea while working on scaffolding at Singapore Refining Company on Jurong Island.

MOM stated that the man's body was discovered the same day.

The government issued the employer a stop work order to halt scaffolding operations at the piers and is investigating the accident.

MOM announced a heightened safety period from September 1 to February 28 next year in response to a recent series of workplace deaths.

Companies may be restricted from employing new foreign employees for up to three months during this period if they are determined to have committed major workplace safety and health violations following a serious or deadly workplace accident.

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