LTA Chairman: Use Near-miss Reporting As Learning Opportunity

Singapore construction industry has been in the limelight for the wrong reasons. It has not been performing well in terms of its Work Safety and Health practices. This was emphasised by Mr Alan Chan, chairman of Land Transport Authority (LTA)

In Singapore we have had 48 fatalities due to workplace accidents and two of these fatalities were on LTA projects

Alan Chan the LTA Chairman was speaking at the 18th LTA Annual Safety Award Convention

Mr Chan mentioned that workplace accidents and fatalities can be attributed to supervision lapses, gaps in safe work practices and insufficient resources dedicated to safety. Contractors were to learn from these lessons and take ownership in ensuring a safer workplace for workers.

"Near-miss reporting should not be associated with punishment or reprimand. Instead, it is to be taken as a learning opportunity to correct substandard behaviours and practices," said Mr Chan.

“We are equally responsible for minimising the impact to the community in which we work in. Environmental effects such as construction noise, mosquitos breeding and wastewater discharge must be well-managed,” he said.

Samsung C & T Corporation installed a training centre, though reported as the first of its kind in Singapore, to give its workers practical experience in workplace safety. However this has been done before in various sites

"Safety is non-negotiable and a basic fundamental part of our project. Without safety, other components of the project cannot be achieved," said Mr Hong Jung Seok, project manager of Samsung C & T (Singapore).

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