Mominul Islam, 36, died at his worksite on the morning of 16 November 2012. He was killed when steel rods fell on him.

The Straits Times reported a co-worker describing the incident at 30, Tuas Bay Drive, as one where a “wire mesh” (probably a criss-cross assembly of rods) weighing between three and five tons fell onto Mominul. The Civil Defence Force received a call at 11.10am. When its personnel reached the site, Mominul had been extricated by his co-workers, but he was pronounced dead by paramedics.

The co-worker, who did not want to be named for fear of losing his job, said he had known the deceased, a bachelor, since 2007. He said his friend came from the town of Matlab, in Chittagong, Bangladesh. “He just finished four years and renewed his work permit last month,” he said. “His family is very poor, and now he is dead.”

The Ministry of Manpower has ordered Syscon, an HDB contractor specialising in precast concrete work, to stop all work involving the installation of steel reinforcement bars.