Masud al Mamun. Photo: Banglar Kantha

Masud al Manum met a tragic and untimely death when a concrete slab fell on him. He was operating an excavator three or four storeys deep inside a hole in the ground when the slab, measuring 4m by 2m, fell.

It occurred at the construction site of the Downtown Line’s Botanic Gardens Station, in the wee hours of Saturday, March 10, 2012.

Masud, 35, and another worker had been tasked to remove the concrete, as part of hacking works. The other worker, seeing the soil crumbling, jumped away in time to avoid injury.

The Sunday Times reported on March 11, 2012 (Concrete slab falls on worker, killing him, by Kezia Toh) that Masud, who had been working nearly six years in Singapore, had just returned to work a month ago after a two-month visit back home. He had been married for two years, and was also a soon-to-be father.

The Ministry of Manpower has classed this as an industrial accident and has issued a stop work order on all excavation and concreting works at the worksite, while investigation proceeds.