SINGAPORE — At least three of the 10 workers sent to hospital after the early Friday (July 14) morning collapse of a flyover viaduct being built near Upper Changi Road East had to undergo surgery, the Migrant Workers’ Centre (MWC) revealed, after representatives visited them at Changi General Hospital (CGH).
In a statement at 8.30pm, the MWC said three workers were in surgery or post-surgery care at CGH, without elaborating on their injuries, but added that it was “hopeful that the conditions of the three will stabilise soon”.
The four other workers who had to be admitted had been moved to other wards for observation by then, the MWC said. Earlier in the day, three more workers had been treated at the hospital and then discharged.
The 10 workers who had to be sent to CGH after the accident — which also claimed the life of Chinese national Chen Yinchuan, 31 — are aged between 22 and 49. Six of them are Bangladeshis, three are from China, and the last is from India. They work for three different firms involved in the project, whose main contractor is Or Kim Peow Contractors.
MWC said it has contacted all three employers who have either furnished the necessary guarantees to CGH that they will bear the treatment costs of their workers, or are in the process of doing so.
“We understand the employers will also be filing the necessary Work Injury Compensation claims on behalf of their workers,” it added.
The MWC said it was “heartened by the employers’ readiness to rally behind their workers in this difficult time and have conveyed our support should they encounter difficulties, or be unsure of or unable to discharge any of their legal responsibilities”.
The MWC also said Chen’s employer has asked for its guidance to make arrangements with the Chinese Embassy for his body to be sent home.
“The employer has demonstrated good faith in considering the flying of next-of-kin of the deceased over to pay their respects to their loved one,” said the statement. “Pending the employer’s confirmation, we will also work with the Embassy to facilitate the necessary travel formalities.”