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Jurong rig accident 'one of the worst' in recent times: govt official

Jurong rig accident 'one of the worst' in recent times: govt official
Singapore: The rig accident at Jurong Shipyard on Monday that left 89 workers injured has been branded as one of Singapore’s “worst industrial accidents” in recent times by a government official.

The jack-up rig newbuilding, the Noble Regina Allen, is believed to have suffered a failure in the jacking mechanism on one of its legs during a test causing the rig to suddenly list by 30 degrees. Some 89 workers were taken to hospital as a result of the accident, nine warded over night.

“MOM (Ministry of Manpower) takes a very serious view of the accident – this is one of the worst industrial accidents we have seen in recent times,” Senior Parliamentary Secretary for Manpower Hawazi Daipi said after visiting injured workers at Singapore General Hospital.

Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong also commented on the incident saying it could have been worse. “It was a serious accident, but could have been worse. The investigations will find out what went wrong, and needs to be put right.”

All work has stopped in the jack-up rig which is being built for Noble Corporation and according to the company’s website due for delivery in the fourth quarter of this year.

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