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A Bangladeshi worker died after hitting a tree trunk on Wednesday (December 7), making him the 43rd workplace fatality in 2022.

A 28-year-old man was hit by a tree trunk that was being lifted by a truck that was removed when the incident happened, causing him to fall and hit his head on the pavement. His death brings the total number of workplace fatalities to his 43, the highest since 2017.

The Ministry of Labor (MOM) said the fatal accident occurred around 3:30 pm Wednesday at Toa Payoh East near 1003 Toa Payoh Industrial Park.

The man was reportedly employed by Penta Landscapes to load tree trunks onto trucks after a tree pruning operation. The Straits Times.

He used a truck crane to do the lifting. However, one tree trunk slid off the sling and struck a worker. He was taken unconscious to Tan Tock Seng Hospital and eventually died from his injuries.

MOM has ordered Penta Landscapes to cease all tree pruning and lifting operations while it investigates the incident. Police are also investigating what happened, but preliminary findings indicate no foul play was involved.

According to MOM, as a general safety practice, all loads should be properly rigged and secured by a competent rigger prior to any lifting operation.

The fatalities came after authorities implemented tougher sanctions to minimize an increase in workplace fatalities.

Businesses should have their management system checked by an external auditor if they have received a work stoppage order in the past or have workers who have been seriously injured on the job.

Compositional fines for violations discovered during safety inspections also doubled in June.

Senior Labor Minister Zakie Mohamad said in a Facebook post on Thursday (8 December) that businesses should make all workers advocates for workplace safety and health (WSH) practices. rice field.

“Field workers are the most familiar with site practices and are the first to notice if something goes wrong. They are also in a good position to suggest improvements to work processes that make work safer.” There is,” he pointed out.

At the same time, MOM strengthens WSH governance by requiring companies to send all WSH coordinators for retraining every other year.

In this way, the WSH coordinator, who is tasked with ensuring that WSH risks are identified and addressed, is kept up to date with the latest WSH techniques and processes, he added. /TISG

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