Elderly man trips over messy wires at Void Bridge in Teck Whye HDB
The safety of our environment must be the top priority during construction work. Failure to do so may endanger the most vulnerable members of the community.
Such was the case at Teck Whye recently, where an elderly man tripped over messy wiring on an empty deck. Although workers on site helped him after the fall, the old man suffered significant injuries as a result.
His son raised the issue on social media, urging city council contractors to keep public spaces safe for residents.
Elderly man injured after tripping over messy wires
The incident was first highlighted on Sunday (April 24), through a Facebook post made by the son of man, Mr. Gibson Tan.
Mr Tan said the incident happened on Friday (April 22) around 6.10pm near Block 4 of Teck Whye Avenue.
Her father had tried to avoid stepping on a bundle of wire mesh but ended up slipping on it, falling to the ground in the process.
The elderly man then felt “severe pain” in his right elbow and called 995. Workers at the scene helped his father and paramedics quickly arrived. Mr. Tan thanked them for their help in his post.
Mr Tan said he went to the scene of the incident, where construction work had been going on for a few days. When he approached some of the workers for further clarification, they identified themselves as City Council contractors.
He then pointed out to them the potential danger of the area, as more elderly residents could suffer an accident like his father did.
Entrepreneurs recognized his advice.
Mr Tan also informed the local city council’s Essential Maintenance Service Unit (EMSU) about the incident.
“The site has no barricade to close [the area] and appropriate signage to inform the public,” he added, pointing out the danger of the location.
Urged contractors to clean up messy wires
Talk to Lianhe ZaobaoMr Tan said his father’s recovery is likely to be slow due to his age and the injuries sustained.
As a result of the incident, senior Tan suffered a broken elbow, as well as dizziness and fainting. His face was also swollen from the fall, with scars on his right hand and foot.
“I don’t know how long it will take to recover,” says Mr Tan, referring to his father’s recovery process.
Going forward, Tan urged city council contractors to be more careful during construction work.
Many elderly residents live in the same neighborhood, and future accidents could cause even more serious injuries.
The city council and the contractor apologized to his father. Even so, Mr Tan felt they could have done a better job as there was a “lack of security arrangements”.
Closing off the area or putting up clear signage can go a long way to making the area safer for residents, Tan said.
Safety measures are essential for construction work
When accidents that can be avoided strike vulnerable members of our community, it speaks volumes about those charged with keeping the community safe.
We hope the old man recovers quickly. We also urge authorities, as well as contractors, to improve the safety level of construction sites so that similar incidents do not happen again.
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Featured image adapted from Gibson Tan on Facebook.