Shipyard worker dies in industrial accident after scarf gets trapped

SIBU: A worker at a shipyard in the Rantau Panjang Shipbuilding zone died in an industrial accident on Tuesday (Oct 13).

Sibu OCPD Asst Comm Stanley Jonathan Ringgit said painter Angkam Engkang, 44, from Kapit was painting a ship when his scarf, which he had wrapped around his neck, was caught by a brush grinder.

"He was found hanging from a wire of a crane as a result of the accident and was pronounced dead by paramedics from Sibu Hospital at 8.45am this morning," said ACP Stanley.

He said investigations revealed that the tail of the scarf worn by the victim became entangled with the grinder that was attached to a crane by a wire.

"Based on the initial testimony from the victim's brother, his neck was tangled with the scarf he was using and it was found that the tail of the scarf was squeezed by the brush grinder," he said.

The victim's colleague only came to know of the incident after his attempt to call him was met with no response.

"The witness then went to the victim's place of work and found the victim lying down motionless," he added.

The body has been sent to Sibu Hospital for further action and the case is classified as sudden death.

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