Tuas explosion: Close shave with death for Worker

SINGAPORE —A Bangladeshi worker was not at the site of a deadly blast in February only because his boss was unhappy with his performance and had deployed him to other work sites, a public inquiry into an incident that killed three migrant workers was told on Monday (20 September). 

He recalled that he had angered his boss Chua Xing Da, the owner of Stars, in October 2020, as he and three others workers had failed to produce the requested number of rolls of fire-rated insulation wrap on time. Following a similar incident months later, he was permanently deployed to work at project sites in January 2021. 

Instead, Imam’s role at the Stars Engrg workshop was taken by his compatriot Anis, 29, who was one of the three workers killed. “Anis and I are from the same district in Bangladesh and we were very close,” the 34-year-old told the inquiry committee (IC).

The company is a fire protection contractor and provides design-built fire protection systems. Stars sometimes uses a fire-rated insulation wrap called Shield+, which it manufactures itself.

Before proceedings began, a minute’s silence was observed in memory of the three deceased workers: Anis; Marimuthu, 38, from India; and Shohel, 23, from Bangladesh.