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SMRT to review appeal of two staff sacked over fatal rail accident

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TRAIN operator SMRT Corporation on Monday said that it has set up an appeal panel to review the appeal from two staff who were dismissed over a fatal rail accident in March.

TRAIN operator SMRT Corporation on Monday said that it has set up an appeal panel to review the appeal from two staff who were dismissed over a fatal rail accident in March.

This came in response to an appeal from National Transport Workers' Union (NTWU), which had send in a request on behalf of the two former staff.

Two SMRT staff were killed after they were hit by an oncoming train near Pasir Ris MRT station earlier this year.

SMRT fired the driver of the train that hit and killed the two men. It also fired a second staff who, according to The Straits Times, was part of the team working on the tracks.

SMRT's appeal panel will comprise senior management from business units not from the trains group. "The panel will review the appeal, and ensure fair and due process. Its findings will not prejudice the ongoing investigations by the various authorities."

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SMRT added that it would work with NTWU to secure employment as soon as possible for the two workers, while the panel reviews the case.

"Both SMRT and NTWU agree on the need to strengthen the safety processes and workforce culture in the company. NTWU will support SMRT's efforts to promote a safer work environment for all workers."

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