SMRT, Director Teo Wee Kiat and former staff to be charged over fatal train accident

Following an fatal accident earlier this year, SMRT and 2 of its staff were charged in court today (1 Dec) under Section 12 of the Workplace Safety and Health Act.

The Act states that it is the duty of every employer to take measures necessary to ensure the safety and health of employees at work so far as is reasonably practicable.

The two deceased staff were part of a team called to investigate a possible track fault involving a signalling device on 22 Mar. However, they were killed after being hit by an oncoming train.

The charge sheet had alleged that SMRT had failed to ensure its employees had complied with approved procedures when heading down to the tracks. Additionally, they had failed to ensure that the procedures to access the tracks would comply with safety audits.

Following the incident, SMRT admitted that the maintenance staff had not followed properly safety procedures.

Technician Lim Say Heng – who was dismissed by SMRT in September – was charged with causing death by a negligent act. He had failed to ensure that the necessary safety measures were in place to make sure trains do not enter the train track while the staff were working.

As Section 48 (1) of the Act states provides that an officer of a corporate body shall be guilty of the offence should an offence be committed by a corporate body, SMRT Director Teo Wee Kiat was also charged.

Lim faces a jail term of up to two years, a fine, or both while Teo is liable of a fine of not more than S$200,000 and a jail term of up to two years. SMRT faces a fine is up to S$500,000.

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