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Second update: 89 workers injured as jack-up rig tilts at Jurong Shipyard

Second update: 89 workers injured as jack-up rig tilts at Jurong Shipyard
Singapore: Some 89 shipyard workers are reported to have been injured a when jack-up rig berthed at Jurong Shipyard tilted.

Pictures on posted online showed the rig listing dangerously to one side. According to Singapore's Ministry of Manpower (MOM) 89 workers were sent to four hospitals. One worker is in a critical condition, 22 suffered serious injuries and the remainder minor injuries. The Ministry said preliminary findings indicated the jacking mechanism had failed on one of the rig's three legs.

In a statement to the Singapore Exchange this evening Jurong's parent Sembcorp Marine said: "An incident occurred this morning at approximately 10.30 am during a jacking test onboard one of the jack-up rigs under construction in Jurong Shipyard." Sembmarine said all workers had been accounted for and there were no fatalities. It said 53 of the workers admitted to hospital had been discharged.

"Officers from MOM’s Occupational Safety and Health Inspectorate responded immediately and are on-site investigating the accident," MOM said.

"The shipyard is presently investigating the cause of the incident. As investigations are in progress, the company is unable to provide further details at this stage. Further statement will be made later," Sembmarine said.

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