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Crane Used For Demolition Work Collapses At Universal Studios S’pore, Operator Sustains Minor Injuries

Crane At Universal Studios Singapore Topples Over On 3 Dec

UPDATE (5.30pm): The article has been updated with the Manpower Ministry’s statement below.

As Southeast Asia’s first and only Universal Studios theme park, Universal Studios Singapore (USS) regularly receives a huge number of visitors. Incidents in the area can thus be frightening to behold.

Recently, a crane used for demolition work fell at the theme park. There were no severe injuries, and authorities are now closely reviewing the accident.

In addition, they have stopped the contractor from conducting further work while the investigation takes place.

Crane at Universal Studios Singapore collapses

At around 4.50pm on Saturday (3 Dec), a netizen posted footage of the incident to Facebook.

Source: Facebook

According to him, it occurred less than an hour beforehand at Sentosa. The background of the video reveals the location to be at USS.

Source: Facebook

In the footage itself, a red crane lies on its side, blocking nearly the entire walkway at the theme park.

Crane operator sustained minor injuries to his face

In response to MS News‘ queries, a spokesperson for Resorts World Sentosa said the incident involved a crane used by a construction company for demolition work at the theme park fell on 3 Dec afternoon.

Thankfully, no guests, team members or workers on site were injured.

“The safety of our guests and team members remains our top priority. We are thoroughly reviewing the event, cooperating closely with the authorities and have stopped the contractor in possession of the site from any further site work while this review takes place,” they said.

The Ministry of Manpower said before the crawler crane toppled, it was hoisting away a steel structure that was part of an artificial tree being demolished.

“The crane operator managed to climb out of the cabin. He sustained minor injuries to his face and was given first aid treatment,” said the spokesperson.

The occupier, China Jingye Engineering Corporation Limited, has been instructed to cease all lifting operations and demolition activities. They’re now working with the ministry on the safe recovery of the crane.

Fewer workplace deaths in 3rd quarter of 2022

Unfortunately, this hasn’t been the only workplace accident to occur as of late.

Last week, two more reports of workplace fatalities emerged. One of them, a 69-year-old cleaner, fell from a height while cleaning a window at a condominium in Orchard.

69-Year-Old Worker Dies From Fall While Cleaning Orchard Condo Window, 42nd Workplace Fatality In 2022

However, there has been a slight improvement in the number of workplace accidents.

According to the Workplace Safety and Health Council on 1 Dec, fewer workplace deaths and major injuries occurred in the third quarter of 2022.

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