Tuas Explosion Claims 3 Workers’ Lives & Leaves 5 Others In Critical Condition
The massive explosion and fire at a Tuas industrial site yesterday (24 Feb) sent shockwaves across Singapore.
Footage of the aftermath, as workers came running out in different states of disarray, left many worrying for their wellbeing.
In an unfortunate update today, the Commissioner for Workplace Safety and Health (WSH) at the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) revealed that 3 of them have passed away.
3 workers pass away from burn injuries
According to TODAY, WSH Commissioner Silas Sng shared that 3 workers have passed away from burn injuries sustained in the fire at the Tuas industrial building.
The authorities are still trying to identify them, as their injuries were rather extensive.
The other 5 who also suffered burns are currently in critical condition in the hospital.
2 others with minor injuries have been discharged.
MOM urges companies to review safety procedures
In light of the workers’ passing, MOM urges companies working with combustible material in powder form to review their safety procedures, reports Channel NewsAsia (CNA).
This is to prevent such accidents from occurring again, as well as to protect workers’ lives.
They highlight the need for housekeeping, to ensure that ventilation systems are well-maintained.
Early investigations found that the explosion resulted from combustible potato starch powder, which the company used.
Stars Engrg, which handles fire protection systems, reportedly occupied the unit.
Hope companies will be more cautious moving forward
To know that 3 innocent workers have lost their lives is heartbreaking. MS News extends our condolences to their families.
We also wish those who are recuperating in hospital a smooth recovery.
Moving forward, we hope that companies will take extra precautions at the workplace.
After all, we’d all want to earn our living in a safe environment.
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Featured image adapted from SCDF on Facebook.