Indian national dies working in Singapore shipyard

August 16th, 2008 - 11:57 am ICT by IANS  

Singapore, Aug 16 (DPA) An Indian national who fell into a water tank became the ninth worker to die since June in Singapore’s beleaguered shipyard industry, news reports said Saturday. Sathiyamoorthy Siva, 21, fell into the 21-metre-deep tank on the Japanese-registered oil tanker, the Eneos Breeze.

His body was found Friday at the bottom of the tank.

Sathiyamoorthy was working for a subcontractor at Keppel Shipyard, one of the world’s largest shipbuilding and repair companies.

The Ministry of Manpower said that investigations were ongoing.

The death came a month after safety officials told shipyards to call an unprecedented three-day “timeout” from work to review safety procedures.

In addition to the nine deaths, 18 workers have been injured in the last 11 weeks.

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