A 41-year-old motorcyclist died after an accident at the junction of Hougang Avenue 8 and Avenue 4 on Sunday (5 March).
The police were alerted to the accident at 2.50 pm which involved two cars and a motorcycle.
From the scene of the accident, a motorcycle was seen laying on the other part of the road with its top box and a GrabFood delivery bag scattered across the road.
The motorcyclist was unconscious at the time he was taken by the Singapore Civil Defense Force to Sengkang General Hospital, where he later died.
Police investigations are still ongoing.
Condolences to the victim’s family
Grab reached out to his family and expressed their deepest condolences and will offer them full support and assistance during this difficult time.
Grab is assisting the victim’s family with the insurance claim process and is checking with MOM if this accident is considered a workplace fatality.
Please drive safely and responsibly
Last September, another delivery rider died after an accident with a lorry at Buangkok Green, also in Hougang. The delivery rider was unconscious when he was taken to Tan Tock Seng Hospital, where he later passed away.
In a Straits Times article from late last year, it cited that 38.3 per cent of delivery riders who worked for 51 hours or more a week had met with at least one accident. The findings were found in a poll organized by the Institute of Policy Studies (IPS).
The IPS survey also found that 17.7 per cent of food delivery workers who used motorcycles or electric bicycles rode faster than normal. This group was more likely to meet with an accident.
NTUC called for better protection of platform workers
In a joint news release that happened late last year, NTUC together with the National Taxi Association (NTA), National Private Hire Vehicles Association (NPHVA) and National Delivery Champions Association (NDCA) raised attention to the need for more medical and injury coverage for platform workers.
From a survey conducted by NDCA in 2022, 21 per cent of workers who made insurance claims, 36 per cent said that their coverage was insufficient.
NTUC encourage all platform workers to join the Every Worker Matters Conversations. With more voices, NTUC will be able to champion your interests.