Train company SMRT and two SMRT employees are charged in court today (Dec 1) for causing the deaths of two railway workers by negligence.
Under the Workplace Safety and Health Act, SMRT failed to ensure its employees met approved operating procedures which led to two workers fatally hit by a train. According to the court hearing, there was no safety audits and documentation for the procedures adopted by the workers to access the tracks.
Two other employees, one being the director of control operations, Teo Wee Kiat, and, Lim Say Heng, officer-in-charge of the 15-men work party, were also charged in court for causing death by negligence.
Earlier in March 22, Lim Say Heng brought a team of 15 to carry out maintenance works on the tracks between Tampines and Pasir Ris. Two new hires, Nasrulhudin Najumudin and Muhammad Asyraf Ahmad Buhari, were hit by an incoming train when the area they worked is supposed to be closed for maintenance.
You may read more of the accident here:
SMRT fatal accident: 2 Singaporean maintenance trainees killed by oncoming train
SMRT faces a maximum of S$500,000 fine, while the two employees face a maximum of two years’ jail and a S$200,000 fine.