A 59-year-old man has been charged with manslaughter after he allegedly operated a forklift that killed 40-year-old Indian-Australian truck driver Baljinder Singh in Sydney.
On 1 February 2021, around 12.30 pm, Baljinder Singh was killed in a tragic incident at St Marys after he became pinned between a truck and a forklift.
According to an online fundraiser page set up shortly after the incident to assist Baljinder Singh’s family with funeral costs, he was described as “a God-fearing, lovable and kindhearted person” who was “dedicated to his family and supportive of his friends.” The family wrote:
“He was a man, you could always count on, whatever you needed, Baljinder was there without question. It is now our time to be there for him.”
The family further wrote:
‘”We can’t imagine how hard is for the family especially kids that needed him the most. This unfortunate loss cannot be overcome for the years to come but we can help and support the family financially and emotionally.”
Detectives from the Nepean Police Area Command report that the man who was allegedly operating the forklift prior to the incident will be produced before the Penrith Local Court. This man has been charged with manslaughter following an extensive investigation conducted by the detectives after the fatal incident.
The funding page raised more than $28,500 and Baljinder Singh was cremated on 21 February 2021 at Pinegrove Memorial Park, Minchinbury, in the presence of his parents who arrived in Australia to attend the funeral.
Baljinder Singh migrated to Australia from Punjab in 2004 and lived with his family in Blacktown. He is survived by a wife and three young daughters aged 4, 12 and 14.