Posted by administrator on 17 Jul 2017 22:11:43
Just 3 days after it was charged in Singapore court and fined $250,000 for not taking workplace safety and health seriously, Or Kim Peow OKP is in the news again for the wrong reasons. Or Kim Peow OKP has been in the news where a tragedy struck killing 1 chinese national worker and injuring 10 other foreign workers after part of the viaduct under its construction project near the PIE exit to TPE collapsed at approximately 330am
Of the 7 injured from the Or Kim Peow accident, they were admitted to Changi General Hospital with 2 said to be in intensive care.
Just a few days ago the Singapore construction firm that specialises in building roads and infrastructure was fine $250,000 in Singapore court for an accident dating to 2015 where an Indian national fell to his death from a platform at Yio Chu Kang. That accident had 3 other workers who were seriously injured.
2 months after the accident Or Kim Peow was awarded a $94.6 million contract by the local Land Transport Authority LTA. The project was to start November 2015 and completed by 2020.
After the recent accident, LTA has suspended all work at public road and rail construction sites for a safety review. This is known as a safety timeout. A half day stand down for companies and contractors to review their works. Building and Construction Authority has revoked Or Kim Peows permit until investigations.
OKP said in a statement to the Singapore Exchange that it was "deeply saddened" by the accident, and it will "assist and cooperate fully with the authorities in their investigations".
LTA's initial preliminary investigations indicate that the corbels supporting the pre-cast beams between two sections had given way while the workers were casting the decking for the viaduct, causing them to fall.
Mr Raj Singh, founder of Safety@Work, said companies tend to be reactive when it comes to workplace safety, and a company's safety record should be considered when awarding contracts.