Director of Control Operations at Rail Operator SMRT was fined $55,000 in court on 29 September over the death of 2 trainees, who were hit by a passenger train on 22 March last year.

41 year-old Teo Wee Kiat admitted to failing to take necessary measures to ensure the safety of SMRT’s employees and making sure they complied with approved operating procedures during traffic hours. He also admitted to failing to ensure the procedures passed safety audits and making sure that they were documented and disseminated.

SMRT trainees Mr Nasrulhudin Najumudin, 25, and Mr Muhammad Asyraf Ahmad Buhari, 24, were killed when they were hit by an oncoming train at Pasir Ris MRT station when they were investigating a switching fault as part of a 15 member team.

SMRT has already been fined $400,000 for the workplace accident.

The prosecution argued that the Operations Control Center under Teo’s charge had permitted employees to access the tracks while live trains were running, which were in contravention of safety standards. Such practices had been allowed to continue for some time before the accident, starting as early as 2002, according to the Ministry of Manpower.

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