The Ministry of Manpower MOM reported that Singapore had a higher rate of workplace fatalities in the first half of 2022. Even though the reported number of workplace injuries fell. So far there have been 28 workplace fatalities from 1 Jan 2022 to 30 Jun 2022. This makes the 6 month fatality rate 0.8 per 100,000 workers. The accident fatality rate for 2021 was only 0.7 per 100,000 workers in the first half of 2021 and 0.4 per 100,000 workers in the second half of 2021. 2021 had 14 fatalities and 23 fatalities in the first and second half respectively.
Falls from height and vehicular-related incidents made up half of the 28 deaths reported in the first six months of 2022. Ministry of Manpower MOM said it was concerned about the high rate of fatalities and as such had introduced the six month period of heightened safety from September 1st 2022 to February 28 2023
In 2022 first half a total of 10,429 workplace injuries were reported, compared with the second half of 2021, when 10,915 injuries were reported.
MAJOR INJURY RATE
A total of 297 major injuries were reported in the first half of 2022, compared with 294 major injuries in the second half of last year. The major injury rate per 100,000 workers for the first half of 2022 fell to 8.7, down from 8.9 in the second half of last year.
However Ministry of Manpower MOM clarified that major injuries were still a concern as they reflect persistent safety lapses at workplaces.
There were also fewer minor injuries reported in the first half of 2022, with 10,104, compared with 10,607 in the second half of last year. Slips, trips and falls remained the leading cause of both major and minor injuries, accounting for 95 of the 297 major injuries and 2,887 of the minor injuries.
The Manpower Ministry MOM also announced that it had stepped up enforcement efforts in the construction industry. From January to mid-September, 63 stop-work orders were issued to worksites in the construction industry with unsafe conditions and practices that posed "imminent danger" to the workers. According to MOM a full stop-work order was issued to Wah Khiaw Developments on Aug 11. The inspectors from Ministry of Manpower MOM found multiple unsafe practices at the worksite - workers were observed to be working at height without barricades or fall arrest systems, unsafe formworks, as well as unsafe means of access. The company was also fined a total of S$15,000.
According to MOM another full stop-work order was issued to construction company KG Plasterceil on Sep 6 for multiple unsafe practices at the worksite. MOM inspectors had also found that workers were working on work platforms that were not closely boarded and properly secured, which may lead to the platform shifting. Some of the scaffold structures were erected on void areas, while others were placed on unstable foundations. MOM said it is assessing the need for further penalties and the extent of such penalties for KG Plasterceil.
The unsafe work practices occurred in spite of the ministry's calls for employers and workers to "step up" on safety practices during the heightened safety period.
Ministry of Manpower MOM said that these companies will have to engage external auditors to conduct a thorough review of their workplace safety and health management systems, and rectify the lapses found at the worksite before MOM assesses whether to lift the stop-work order for works to resume.
RISE IN VEHICULAR-RELATED FATAL ACCIDENTS
The number of vehicular-related fatal accidents has been rising over the last one and a half years, said MOM, calling this a "worrying trend".
Seven such accidents were reported in the first half of 2022, of which four were work-related traffic accidents. This is higher than the second half of 2021 and the preceding half. The recent mandatory safety time-out from Sep 1 to Sep 15 targeted companies in high-risk industries with a higher number of fatalities – construction, manufacturing, marine, process, as well as transport and storage. The safety time-out also targeted companies in other industries that use heavy or industrial vehicles.
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