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Officer scolding construction workers with vulgarities, sparks debate, Internet Divided

Updated: Sep 18, 2022

In Singapore a Tiktok Video showing how an Officer was ranting ending with vulgarities divided the internet

During COVID-19, Singaporeans show how migrant workers had really poor living conditions. Cramped and dirty quarters. Then Singaporeans claimed to worry about the foreign workers and claimed to have a better appreciation and concern for the welfare of migrant workers. That was only 2020.

Now over the weekend a short 15 second Tiktok Video showing how they received severe scoldings which include vulgar language shocked many and divided all. The video has already received 1.2 million views and shared close to 4000 times.

You can follow the original poster at @rajsimplysaid on TikTok

2 Camps emerged. 1 saying workers should be better treated and the second saying the officer has every right to yell at the workers.

The video has obviously sparked a debate on line over worker welfare but the authorities have not chirped in.

In the video from @rajsimplysaid, a person wearing a blue helmet, probably the officer, can be heard screaming at the top of his voice incoherently to a group of migrant workers. He repeatedly points at them aggressively with his right hand as he yells.

All this while the workers just stand in line and do not response just taking it all in. Towards the end of the clip, the blue helmet officer starts to walk away, but he isn’t done yet. He comes back and shouts the F-word very clearly at the workers.

@rajsimplysaid questions treatment of workers.

Nobody seemed to understand what the blue helmet officer was shouting.

However, one netizen managed to decipher it as something like, “who don’t want, who die!”

Strangely many netizens defended the officer.

Claiming it was the job of the blue helmet safety to be responsible for the workers’ safety. That if he didnt do the job, there will be fines or people will die.

Of course there were the usual, my friend's friend's cousin worked in this line, my neighbour's cats new owner was from this line or my husband was in this line- all claiming workers only follow when scolded.

All the justifications to why workers must be verbally abused by their employers or the safety personnel.

The OP @rajsimplysaid was unconvinced, says scolding workers doesn’t solve issues.

From using better solutions like hiring better qualified workers, Drill & Skill, using automation etc. Some netizens backed him up, refusing to excuse the behaviour. One indicated that nobody would love a boss that shouts at them. Others mentioned that respect for others is important, even if they’re your workers, and called for professionalism.

We too believe that if you hire right, then put in the effort to really train someone to do their job professionally with quality and safety built into the process (not safety bolted on as an afterthought), you provide good supervision (by the WORK SUPERVISOR not the Safety Supervisor) who mentors, guides and corrects the person on the spot, have better communication and involve the workers - you will build a better safer culture.

Do you think the verbal abuse is excusable or justifiable? Do share your thoughts with us

You can speak to the team at Simply Safety. Not only do we do courses like the

- Apply Workplace Safety Health in Process Plants

- Perform Work in Confined Space Operations

- Supervise Workplace Safety Health in Process Plants

- Supervisor Work in Confined Space Operations

- NEBOSH International General Certificate (National Examinations Board Occupational Safety Health- IGC)

- NEBOSH Health Safety At Work

but we can provide tailored solutions from

- assessing company safety culture

- designing and implementing safety culture programs

- designing and implementing bespoke safety training programs

- provision of safety professionals to assist companies

Call us and lets talk

Some say that if there was better selection of personnel and better training, maybe there is no reason to yell.

We agree, thats why people send their workforces to us for training.

Whether it is the Apply Workplace Safety Health in Process Plants (Safety Orientation Course Oil Petrochemical)

AWSHPP Course Outline for the WDA WSQ Apply Workplace Safety Health in Process Plants (AWSHPP ) are:

  • AWSHPP Identify the roles and responsibilities of an employee under WSH act

  • AWSHPP Identify and prevent fire and explosion hazards at workplace

  • AWSHPP Comply safe work practices and control measures for material handling

  • AWSHPP Comply safety work practices and control measures for mechanical and electrical works

  • AWSHPP Comply safe work practices and control measures when working on Specialized Operations

  • AWSHPP Comply safe work practices and control measures when working at heights

  • AWSHPP Comply safe work practices and control measures when working in a confined space

or the Perform Work in Confined Space Operations (Safety Orientation Course Manhole)

for the SSG WSQ Perform Work in Confined Space Operation are

  • PWICSO Identify duties and responsibilities of all personnel involved in confined space work under the WSH Legislations and Code of Practice.

  • PWICSO Identify confined space hazards

  • PWICSO Use Gas Detection Instruments for atmospheric monitoring

  • PWICSO Comply with Permit-to-Work system and safe work procedures when working in confined space

  • PWICSO Participate in an Emergency for confined space

Or for the Safety Professionals, the NEBOSH IGC qualifications

Let us know how we can assist you in your safety training.

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