SMRT Engineer Negligence causes Death of 2 Trainees, Jailed 4 weeks

Back in March 2016, former assistant engineer Lim Say Heng, 48 lead a team of 15 onto the MRT tracks. Among the team was two SMRT trainees, Nasrulhudin Najumudin, 26, and Muhammad Asyraf Admad Buhari, 24. Going in with the mindset of learning new skills, little did the pair know that they were going to be victims in SMRT’s worst rail accident in history.

While tending to a track fault near Pasir Ris Station, the pair were killed by an MRT train. And this blame falls on Mr Lim’s shoulder as he failed to take necessary precaution to avoid such an accident.

Former SMRT assistant engineer Lim Say Heng. Source: Straits Times

What Went Wrong:

  1. Failure to ensure that necessary safety measures were in place
  2. Neglected operating procedures when accessing train tracks during traffic hours
  3. Failed to ensure that the procedures passed safety audits and were documented and disseminated

Punishments meted out:

The sentence only came out on 12th March 2018. Mr Lim received a jail term of 4 weeks. He was sacked 6 months after the incident.

Former director of control operation Teo Wee Kiat, 41, was fined $55,000 for failing to take necessary measures to ensure the safety of SMRT employees.

The maximum penalty for causing death by committing a negligent act is two years in jail and a fine.


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