Full-time National Serviceman dies after accident with Bionix during training
A Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) full-time national serviceman (NSF) died on Saturday (Nov 3) after being involved in a vehicular accident at the Jalan Murai training area.
The victim is Private Liu Kai, 22, a transport operator from the SAF’s Transport Hub West. He was operating a Land Rover as part of a field training exercise when a Bionix vehicle reversed into his vehicle at around 10.10am.
He lost consciousness and was immediately attended to by a medic. Unfortunately, he succumbed to his injuries and medical officers pronounced him dead at around 10.35 am.
MINDEF said in a statement that it has declared an army-wide safety timeout on training to ensure “all appropriate safety measures” are in place. “Police investigations are ongoing and an independent Committee of Inquiry (COI) will be convened to investigate the circumstances leading to the incident,” the statement added.
“The army is rendering assistance and support to the family of the late Pte Liu during this period of grief.”
The late soldier will be accorded posthumous recognition of the rank of Corporal First Class from Sunday, MINDEF said.
This is the second fatal accident that happened with the Bionix vehicle that was reported within 2 years.
Other deaths of military personnel has been reported this year as well.
There was the death of 19 year old Dave Lee who died of a heatstroke while doing a 8km fast march in April this year. A SAF officer was charged this week with causing death by rash act.
A SAF regular serviceman also died last month after being hit by a falling tree branch in Brunei.
In September, a SAF NSF was found hanging from a rope in his office at Sembawang Air Base and in July, an off-duty SAF regular serviceman was found dead in his bunk in Nee Soon Camp.
Also, a full-time national service man, Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) NSF Kok Yuen Chin was found dead at the bottom of a pump well at Tuas View Fire Station after a ragging accident in May. 5 SCDF officers has been charged in relation to his death.
The SAF must design its safety systems and enforce them to eliminate training deaths. While this is a difficult goal, Singapore must strive for “zero training deaths”, said Dr Ng Eng Hen.
He added: “Any death is one too many. Achieving zero training deaths can be done, even as NS men train realistically and effectively to protect us and defend Singapore.”
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