Jurong Shipyard fined $230,000 over fatal accident in 2015

Jurong Shipyard has been fined $230,000 over a fatal accident in 2015 that saw a worker struck by and caught between a gantry crane and a manifold.

The shipyard was convicted of failing to take reasonably practicable measures to ensure the safety of workers at its 5 Jalan Samulun site, the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) said yesterday .

The victim, Mr Stephen Yeo Chye Mong, was employed as a safety coordinator and patrol man by the shipyard's subcontractor Foo Ngan Marine.

On March 20, 2015, he was conducting safety checks near the manifolds along the track of a gantry crane, which was in operation. A manifold refers to a pipe that has several openings.

At the time, he was lifting pieces of rolled-up welding cables. Shortly after, a co-worker found Mr Yeo lying on the ground between a utility water supply manifold and the gantry crane track. He was taken to hospital where he died from his injuries that day.

Investigations by MOM found that there were systemic failures in the way Jurong Shipyard conducted lifting operations using the gantry crane.


"These failures made the workplace dangerous and also resulted in the accident," MOM said.

These include failing to appoint a banksman to ensure that nobody was in the travelling path of the gantry crane while it was in operation, and failing to ensure that there were sufficient visual warning signs to inform workers, apart from members of the lifting team, to keep out of the lifting zone while such operations were in progress.

Jurong Shipyard was also found to have failed to ensure sufficient passageway clearance between the gantry crane track and utility water supply manifold.

MOM found the clearance distance to be only 430mm, less than the 750mm recommended.

Mr Sebastian Tan, who heads MOM's occupational safety and health inspectorate, noted that there were several safety lapses in the case.

He added: "A worker unfortunately paid the price with his life."