Another explosion in Tuas kills 65-year-old incineration plant worker

The Tuas Incineration Plant at No. 20 Tuas Avenue 20. Photo: Google Maps
The Tuas Incineration Plant at No. 20 Tuas Avenue 20. Photo: Google Maps

A second explosion in Tuas claimed another life yesterday and badly injured two others. 

A 65-year-old man died at the scene while two others were injured after an explosion traced to a chimney fan switch happened in the electrical room of the Tuas Incineration Plant they were working in. It happened at around 3:15pm at the plant at No. 20 Tuas Avenue 20, according to the Singapore Civil Defence Force, or SCDF. 

“Upon SCDF’s arrival, an electrical switchroom on the first floor was smoke-logged. SCDF firefighters wearing breathing apparatus sets entered the premises cautiously to locate the fire,” it said in an online statement, noting that an investigation was underway. Around 80 people were evacuated from the building. 

The injured workers, aged 59 and 64, suffered smoke inhalation and serious burns and were taken to the Singapore General Hospital.

Sustainability and Environment Minister Grace Fu revealed last night that all three workers were doing maintenance work inside the switchroom when the place blew up. 

The latest incident comes seven months after a separate explosion at the industrial building at 32E Tuas Avenue 11 killed three people. A public inquiry into the incident began this week. 

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