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30 Dec 2023

By Kok Yufeng, The Straits Times (Singapore)

Family raises questions over death of 23-year-old foreign worker in industrial accident

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The relatives of a 23-year-old construction worker from India who died in a workplace accident on Dec 2 are seeking answers to the circumstances of the young man’s death.

Mr Ponraman Eazhumalai, who had worked in Singapore for only eight months as a concrete pump assistant, was caught between the chassis of a concrete pump truck and a retracting outrigger at the worksite for the upcoming Tengah integrated rail and bus depot at 770 Jurong Road…

Mr Eazhumalai, who was employed by TMC Concrete Pumping Services, was taken to Farrer Park Hospital, where he died of his injuries the next day. The authorities have not said what injuries he had.

According to an incident report seen by The Straits Times, private transport was arranged by the main contractor of the project, China Railway 11 Bureau Group Corp (Singapore branch), to take the worker to the hospital…

“Why wasn’t an ambulance called, and why didn’t they take him to the nearest hospital? His life could have been saved,” they [his family] said. The uncles said they believed the injury was not serious when they were alerted that same night, but in less than 24 hours, their nephew was dead…