49YO Died After Being Trapped Under Pipe Between Lorry & Trailer at Defu Industrial Estate


On Friday (27 May), a 49-year-old worker passed away after being trapped under a large metal cylindrical pipe between a trailer and a lorry.

According to The Straits Times, the worker was freed by the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) and taken to Tan Tock Seng Hospital, where he died the same day said Ministry of Manpower (MOM).

Accident Happened at Defu Lane

The worker was working at 18 Defu Lane Avenue 2, under the employment of Good Year Contractor. The building where the accident happened is occupied by Lik King Contractor.

Good Year Contractor has since been instructed to stop all its lifting operations as MOM investigates the accident.

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The ministry said a lorry crane toppled on its side while it was lifting and unloading large metal cylindrical pipes. These pipes were known as propeller shafts.

Propeller Shaft Rolled Off

As the lorry crane toppled on its side, one of the propeller shaft that was transported rolled off.

The propeller shaft struck the worker who was coordinating the lifting operation and pinned his leg to the ground.


After, the SCDF was activated on the same day at 1:05pm.

Firefighters and paramedics from Paya Lebar Fire Station conducted an assessment on the trapped man and worked to stabilise the worker’s condition.

The SCDF team proceeded to use two air lifting bags to lift the propeller shaft and free the victim’s leg.

According to the SCDF, an air lift bag is a thin and lightweight piece of rescue equipment that can be used in confined spaces that expands and enables rescuers to lift, spread, or create space between two objects.

After being freed, the victim was convened to Tan Tock Seng Hospital.

Increase in Workplace Fatalities in 2022

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong had come forward to express the recent spate of workplace fatalities were unacceptable.

In the last month alone, ten workplace fatalities were reported which brings the total number of workplace fatalities so far this year to 20—the highest number of fatalities reported for the same period in 2016.

Incidents include a woman who fell seven floors in the office building CapitaSpring after she stepped on a false ceiling panel.

MOM, Workplace Safety and Health Council (WSHC), National Trades Union Congress (NTUC), and industry partners have also called for a time-out.

A time-out means firms will have to stop all work and use the time to review risk assessments and familiarise their workers with safety procedures.

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