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Negligent Handling at Singapore Care Center Results in Tragic Death

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Waqas Arain
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Negligent Handling at Singapore Care Center Results in Tragic Death

In a tragic incident in Singapore, a 76-year-old wheelchair-bound man lost his life due to negligent handling by two employees of Active Global Home Community Care, a prominent senior care center. The employees, Moe Thadar, a healthcare assistant, and Kwa Kim Seng, a driver, were each fined S$10,000 (US$7,500) after pleading guilty to a negligent act not amounting to culpable homicide.

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Failure to Comply with Standard Operating Procedures

The fatal accident occurred on February 3, 2021, when the elderly man was being loaded onto a van using a lift. Moe Thadar failed to lock the wheelchair's wheels, and Kwa Kim Seng, distracted in conversation with a colleague, released his grip on the wheelchair before it could be secured by another assistant. Consequently, the man rolled off the lift, suffering a fatal head injury.

Systemic Failures Revealed

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The incident brought to light systemic failures within the senior care center. Routine non-compliance with standard operating procedures and improper use of the lift had become a norm. The lift's roll stop, designed to prevent a wheelchair from rolling back, was found to be non-operational, highlighting the lax approach to safety measures.

'Entirely Preventable' Death

The victim's family had placed their faith in Active Global to provide a safe and caring environment for their loved one. They expected him to age gracefully, socializing with friends in a secure setting where his needs were attended to. The death, therefore, constitutes a significant breach of trust, as the negligence that led to the man's death came from the very individuals tasked with ensuring his safety.

This incident serves as a somber reminder of the importance of adhering to safety procedures, especially when caring for the elderly and vulnerable. It underscores the need for rigorous enforcement of standard operating procedures, regular checks on safety equipment, and the impact of individual negligence on the wider community.

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