Malaysian worker dies in accident at Shell’s construction site

A 30-year-old Malaysian worker died in an industrial accident on Pulau Ular, south of Singapore, on Saturday.

The accident occurred at the Shell Eastern Petroleum’s construction site for a petrochemical cracker which is part of a refinery.

Police said they received a call at 11am on Saturday. On arrival, they found the body of the worker from Sarawak on the ground near a boom lift.

The worker was earlier pronounced dead at the scene by an on-site doctor. The police are investigating the unnatural death.

In a statement, Shell said the company is deeply saddened to learn of the fatal accident.

All activities at the construction site have been temporarily suspended to focus on investigations, but the company plans to resume construction work on Monday.

Shell added that the incident does not impact operations at its Pulau Bukom refinery. Stressing that safety remains the company’s top priority, it said it will continue to remind staff and contractors on the importance of working safely.

In 2005, a technician died after suffering serious chemical burns at Shell’s premises on Pulau Bukom.

Following investigations, Shell Eastern Petroleum was fined S$25,000 in 2007 for failing to implement safe work procedures under the Factories Act. – CNA/de

Source : Channel NewsAsia – 28 Apr 2008

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