Worksites May Have To Hold Mandatory Safety Meetings Daily

Before any construction work can be done, all contractors, subcontractors, consultants and safety officers will soon need to attend a mandatory safety coordination meeting every day, The Straits Times understands.

All stakeholders in a construction site will be compelled to form a Project Safety Coordination Committee (PSCC), which will meet daily to discuss safety issues. While the need for site coordination is already part of the law, the current industry practice is for contractors to appoint a coordinator to do it.

A spokesman for the Ministry of Manpower said: "We will mandate the formation of a PSCC which aims to plan and coordinate all hazardous works at the worksite, in order to drive better onsite coordination, planning and communication

"MOM is reviewing and will be able to share more at a later date."

Details of this move surfaced in the wake of the collapse of a 40m viaduct segment in Upper Changi Road East last Friday.

Speaking to The Straits Times on the sidelines of a Workplace Safety and Health (WSH) forum yesterday, Specialists Trade Alliance of Singapore president Nelson Tee said his association is finalising the recommendations for the PSCC. This is expected to be released in the third quarter of this year, he revealed.

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