July 14, 2017 / 5:30 AM / a month ago

Singapore suspends road, rail works after viaduct collapse kills worker

A view of an uncompleted highway structure that collapsed in Singapore July 14, 2017.Edgar Su

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Singapore temporarily suspended all road and rail construction on Friday to carry out safety checks after a viaduct under construction collapsed, killing a worker from China and injuring 10 of his colleagues.

Preliminary investigations showed corbels - brackets that help support beams - had given way while the construction team was working in the early hours.

"As a precautionary measure, LTA is checking all other work sites," the Land Transport Authority (LTA) said in a statement.

"Works at all LTA road and rail construction sites will observe a safety timeout this morning."

Three of the injured were also from Chinese, one was Indian and six were Bangladeshis.

Engineers responsible for the project had been ordered to carry out a detailed investigation into the design and construction quality, the LTA said.

Reporting by Fathin Ungku; Editing by Robert Birsel

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