11 Workers Died In Workplace Accidents 2018

11 lives have been lost in workplace fatalities or workplace accidents in Singapore in just less than 6 months into 2018 said Ministry of Manpower in a news  report. Out of the 11 fatalities- 3 came from work at height fatalities. Work at height fatalities are when a person falls to his death due to any lapses in safety. Singapore has a migrant workforce and some of these deaths are from Indian or Chinese workers. 

Compared to the same time period in 2017 where there were 8 fatalities- this is clearly an increase. It could be an increase in the number of projects leading to an increase in exposure or just safety lapses by companies. 

Work at height is the number one killer in construction worksite deaths. A quote by Minister of State for Manpower Zaqy Mohamad "Work-at-height is definitely the No. 1 cause of construction worksite deaths,"  during a surprise MOM construction site inspection.

The Ministry of Manpower carries out an average of 16,000 worksite inspections yearly, of which about 3,000 are of construction sites. During the inspection to Dundee Road, the site under China Jingye Construction Engineering (Singapore) was found to have several work at height issues and a stop work order will be issued by the Ministry of Manpower. 

So far in 2018 two stop-work orders, 50 composite fines amounting to $63,000 and 300 notices of non-compliance have been issued to more than 100 companies, he added.

Ministry of Manpowers's director of occupational safety and health inspectorate Sebastian Tan told The Straits Times that work-at-height safety lapses are a pervasive problem at construction sites as some go for convenience at the cost of safety.

He was quoted in the press as saying: "There has to be a mindset change for this to be resolved. It's not merely about enforcement of rules and regulations, but education of the parties involved as well."

Our director Raj Singh believes that this mindset change has to come from the top and that we need to equip leaders and even the safety personnel with better skills and have a step change in Safety.

 

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