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HIGHWAY CONTRACTOR FINED 2 YRS AGO FOR NOT TAKING SAFETY PRECAUTIONS

The contractor in charge of building the affected highway, Or Kim Peow Construction, was fined $250,000 2 years ago for failing to take safety precautions and causing a worker's death in an accident at Yio Chu Kang flyover. In 2015, 4 workers fell when the platform they were on gave way. The accident happened because the company did not check if the platform was properly put up. At the time, the Manpower Ministry said: "This is a clear case of a company that does not take workplace safety seriously". But 2 years later, they're still using the same contractor and look what happened!

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LTA SADDENED BY WORKSITE ACCIDENT, SAYS IT'LL INVESTIGATE IF THERE ARE LAPSES

The LTA has released a media statement on the Upper Changi Rd worksite accident where 1 worker was killed and another 10 injured. The deceased is from China. LTA said it is investigating if there are any lapses and working with MOM, SCDF and the Police to deal with the matter. "Preliminary investigations indicate that the corbels supporting the pre-cast beams had given way. As a precautionary measure, LTA is checking all other work sites. Works at all LTA road and rail construction sites will observe a safety timeout this morning."

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1 DEAD 10 INJURED AS UNCOMPLETED HIGHWAY STRUCTURE COLLAPSE AT UPP CHANGI RD

One was pronounced dead while 10 others were injured after an uncompleted highway structure collapsed along Upper Changi Rd East this morning. The incident happened near the PIE exit to the TPE at around 3.35am. As many as 60 SCDF officers were alerted to the scene. Latest update: SCDF announced that it completed its rescue operations and has accounted for all of the construction workers.

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FORTY RESIDENTS EVACUATED AFTER FIRE STARTED BY MISCHIEF IN JURONG EAST HDB BLOCK

Police are currently investigating a fire that happened at a block of HDB flats in Jurong East. It was reported that the fire was apparently started by someone setting fire to a flat, which resulted in 40 residents of the block having to evacuate.

An elderly woman, 75 years old, was taken to Ng Teng Fong General Hospital hospital with a minor injury, police reported. The fire was set at Block 257 Jurong East Street 24, and the Singapore Civil Defence Force was alerted at around 1.33pm. The unit that the fire first started in was empty when SCDF arrived to put out the fire.

Police are still investigating the cause of the fire, but it was understood that no arrests had been made yet.

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3 EMERGENCY RESPONSE STAFF HURT AS THEIR VEHICLE HIT PRIME MOVER

Three emergency staff from port operator PSA were injured when their emergency vehicle skidded on the wet road and hit a prime mover. They were responding to a call at Keppel Road when the accident happened.

A man in his 30s was trapped in the emergency response vehicle, and was extricated by the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF). He reportedly suffered serious injuries, and along with two other staff, were taken to hospital. The man was extricated using hydraulic tools, and hospital emergency workers were standing by to receive him when he was rushed to hospital.

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MAN FAKED SCDF TRANSCRIPTS GETS PARAMEDIC JOB, NOW GETS JAIL

A jobless man, who was desperate to land a stable job after just being released from prison, used a falsified transcript reportedly from SCDF, where it was stated that he was a qualified paramedic. Loh Wei Ming, 30, did this to get a job as a paramedic with Royal Ambulance Services (RAS).

He was sentenced to six months in jail after admitting guilty in the scam. He had applied for the RAS job in June 2014, and informed the company that he was trained as a paramedic by SCDF. He produced three fake transcripts from SCDF to support his application. He was subsequently hired as a paramedic and also an ambulance driver, as he has a driving licence. He was sacked in October 2014 for insubordination, and when RAS reviewed his documents, they realised his transcripts was different from another SCDF transcript belonging to another RAS staff.

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ANOTHER TRANS CAB TAXI CATCHES FIRE, THE THIRD IN THREE MONTHS

A Trans-Cab taxi caught fire along Moulmein Road near the slip road from CTE towards SLE on Wednesday afternoon, which is the third such incident involving Trans-Cab taxis in the space of three months.

SCDF confirmed that the fire, which involved the engine compartment of the taxi, was reported at 2:45pm, and was put out using a water jet. There were no reports of injuries, and investigations of how the cab caught fire are being investigated. It is understood that the taxi was not a CNG vehicle.

No reports on whether the taxi was involved in an accident prior to catching fire, but according to eye witnesses, there were no other vehicles reported.

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CARS CAUGHT FIRE IN SERIOUS ACCIDENT AT BKE

The spate of serious accidents continues to plague Singapore roads. In the latest case, 4 people were taken to hospital after two cars caught fire in a three vehicle accident long the BKE on Monday night.

SCDF reported that it was alerted at 10:04 pm of the accident, and immediately dispatched rescue services. Two vehicles which caught fire were put out with compressed air foam. Two of the injured were taken to Ng Teng Fong Hospital, while the other two were taken to NUH.

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