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53-Year-Old Man Passes Away After Fall At Dunearn Construction Site, MOM Investigating Incident

Construction Firm Director Passes Away After Fall At Dunearn Worksite

Workplace safety is of utmost importance, especially for higher risk jobs such as those in the construction sector.

A 53-year-old man, who was a construction firm director, passed away after he fell 4.7m at a semi-detached house undergoing construction work.

The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) is investigating the accident, which is reportedly the 4th worksite death this month.

Man fell onto staircase at Dunearn construction site

According to The Straits Times (ST), Mr Koh Kok Heng, 53, fell through an opening of a 2-storey house under construction and landed on a staircase 4.7m below.

In a statement to MS News, MOM said that Mr Koh was overseeing construction work at 38 University Walk when he fell. Paramedics pronounced him dead at the scene.

38 University Walk before construction works began

The Singapore permanent resident (PR) was a company director of JMS Construction Pte Ltd.

While investigations are ongoing, MOM has ordered the firm to stop all works.

4 workplace deaths in 10 days

The unfortunate incident comes after 3 other fatal worksite accidents that occurred from 1 – 10 Feb, reports ST.

The first involved a 31-year-old migrant worker who was found unconscious at a Jurong construction site. The man succumbed to his injuries at Ng Teng Fong Hospital.


Another fatality was a 67-year-old Singaporean prime mover driver who fell from a trailer on 2 Feb and passed on at National University Hospital (NUH).

The third was a 30-year-old delivery rider who collided into the back of a truck on the Ayer Rajah Expressway (AYE) on 8 Feb.

In light of these tragedies, MOM says they will continue to intensify enforcement efforts, focusing on height-related risks.

Workplace safety is imperative

The string of workplace deaths so early in the year is a saddening trend.

Hopefully, companies will work to ensure that all safety measures are strictly adhered to, in order to prevent future accidents.

To the families of the victims, we extend our sincere condolences.

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Julian Tay

Julian loves to tell the stories of people and places with a camera and pen. If not, he'd be at a kopitiam, stoning.

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