SMRT Suspends Bus Driver After Running Over Worker

SMRT Suspends Bus Driver After Running Over Worker
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  1. A 48-year-old SMRT bus captain has been suspended after an accident with a worker.
  2. The incident occurred on 27 June at around 5.20pm at a junction along Anson Road near a construction site.
  3. Investigations by the police and SCDF are ongoing. They were alerted to the accident at about 5.25pm.

A construction worker’s encounter with an SMRT bus leads to the suspension of the bus captain.

The Accident and Immediate Aftermath

On the evening of 27 June, a right-turning SMRT bus, service 970, collided with a construction worker.

The Straits Times has shared the scary details of the incident.

A video posted online shows the bus hit and seemingly run over the 33-year-old worker.

He was placing a traffic cone when the bus, for reasons unknown, hit him.

Luckily, the worker was conscious when taken to the Singapore General Hospital.

No passengers were in the SMRT bus during the sad event at the worksite.

Here are some key points to note:

  • The SMRT bus driver has been quickly suspended after the accident.
  • Several bus-related incidents in June have raised safety concerns.
  • SMRT has stated their help in ongoing police investigations.

Responses to the Accident

According to Vincent Gay, Deputy Managing Director of SMRT Buses, “The bus captain involved has been suspended and we are assisting the police in their investigations.”

No statement has been provided by the Ministry of Manpower yet.

Meanwhile, concerns over workplace complacency have come into the spotlight.

Minister Zaqy Mohamad urges attention to fight rise in workplace incidents.

He highlighted the pressing need to keep workplaces safe amid growing concerns.

Take a look at this quick table for a clear overview:

Date and TimeMain Events/Actions
27 June, around 5.20pmSMRT bus hits construction worker while turning right.
Immediate ActionsWorker attended by medical teams and taken to SGH for treatment.
Captain’s StatusSuspension of bus captain, help with police investigations.
Safety ConcernsPublic concern over bus operations and workplace safety rules.

Safety and Consequences

The incident puts a spotlight on the need for safety in construction zones.

It may prompt the Ministry of Manpower to review and change safety rules.

Any lack in workplace safety measures will likely be carefully looked at.

In recent years, Singapore reported 36 deaths and 590 major injuries in workplace incidents.

Public and Media Attention

The public’s concern revolves around the welfare of construction workers.

Media fallout could lead to closer checking on company rules for safety.

Overall, this incident might start fresh talks on worker rights.

As investigations continue, the safety of Singapore’s workers remains a very important and sensitive topic.

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