A Bangladeshi construction worker who got paralyzed after a work-site accident, was awarded about $600,000 in damages and costs by the High Court of Singapore yesterday. Mr Tarun Kumar Saha, 32, suffered spinal injuries after he was knocked down from behind by a reversing forklift on Feb 3, 2013, while working in the general renovation works at Grand Hyatt Hotel.
Afterwords, Tarun sued his employer sub- contractor Choon Construction, and the main site contractor, Hup Yew Sen Construction, for negligence through Mr. Pritam Singh Gill, his Lawyer.
The defendants, whose lawyers were from United Legal Alliance, initially argued that Mr Tarun was partly, if not wholly, to blame. But in October last year, both contractors accepted 85 per cent liability, leaving the sums payable to be assessed by the Court.