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More breaches of safety, health rules at workplaces in S’pore

More than 3,200 WSH contraventions were found during inspections between January and April, almost double the 1,800 contraventions recorded the same period last year. MOM said the rise is due partly to more enforcement operations this year. Some…

Concern over workplace safety mounts as S’pore firms grapple with Covid-19 pressures

The squeeze on manpower as well as the disruption brought about by the Covid-19 crisis to projects in sectors like construction have raised fears about safety being compromised at worksites of late. Latest figures from MOM indicate that…

COVID-19: Construction industry stakeholders appeal to Govt to bring in foreign workers in a ‘controlled manner’

Stakeholders in Singapore’s construction industry on Mon appealed to the COVID-19 MTF to allow foreign workers to enter Singapore “in a safe and controlled manner”. The CIJC said that the current manpower situation may result in further delays…

Construction firm handed maximum $1 million fine over 2017 PIE viaduct collapse; two employees jailed

A construction firm was given the maximum fine over the 2017 PIE viaduct collapse that left one worker dead and 10 injured. Two of its senior employees were also jailed by a court on Wed. Or Kim Peow…

Bangladeshi worker dies after part of excavator fell on him at Ubi worksite

A 37-year-old Bangladeshi foreign worker died on Thurs after part of an excavator fell on him at a worksite in Ubi. In response to TODAY’s queries, MOM said on Fri that the man had been assisting his co-worker…

Worker injured at Jurong Port while unloading hoisted materials

A 45-year-old man was injured on Mon when he was struck by hoisted materials being unloaded from a vessel at 37 Jurong Port Road. The Malaysian worker was later taken to NUH, MOM said on Wed. The ministry…

Workplace incident involving crane along Tanah Merah Coast Road, no injuries reported

Part of a crawler crane fell at a worksite along Tanah Merah Coast Road in the early hours of Tues. No one was injured, said MOM. It said the crawler crane was lifting a steel casing used for…

MOM issues stop-work order to waste metal recycling firm, to focus on safety in manufacturing sector

A forklift held together with make-shift wires and bales of scrap metal stacked unsafely were some of the lapses that led MOM to issue a stop-work order to waste metal recycling firm Esun Intl on Mon. The company…

Mover who fell to death at Robertson Quay condo was 23-year-old Singaporean; firm ordered to stop work: MOM

A worker who fell seven storeys to his death earlier this month while moving items from a condominium in Robertson Quay was a 23-year-old Singaporean, MOM said on Tues. The ministry told TODAY that the unnamed man was…

Worker on ladder falls 7 storeys to death while moving items at residential unit

A worker fell to his death earlier this month while moving items from a residential unit, said WSH Council in a bulletin on Mon. The incident, which was confirmed by MOM, happened on Apr 5. The man, whose…

‘Several’ fire safety violations found during probe of 2018 Pulau Busing oil storage tank fire: SCDF

SCDF said it discovered “several” fire safety infringements during investigations into an intense oil storage tank fire that happened on Pulau Busing in 2018. “These comprised two breaches relating to the storage of flammable liquid in the affected…

Average of 12 people a year taken to task for not providing safe conditions for maids cleaning windows: MOM

The authorities here took about 60 people to task from 2016 to 2020 for failing to provide safe working conditions for their maids while they were cleaning windows. MOM said those implicated included employers and their household members.…

Safety guidelines launched for firms handling flammable fine powders

Factories handling fine powders, which are flammable and hazardous, should place a cap on the amount of such material stored in a facility. They should also eliminate potential sources of ignition in powder handling areas, such as laying…

Five months’ jail for man who was supervisor during 2018 workplace accident that left worker paralysed

A man who was the supervisor during a 2018 workplace accident that left a worker paralysed from the waist down has been sentenced to five months’ jail. Lua Hua Keong, 66, who was with Lua Chan Electrical and…

46 workers lost hands, fingers in accidents last year, mainly due to unsafe machinery use

Forty-six workers lost their hands or fingers in amputation accidents last year, mainly due to the unsafe use of machinery. Such injuries, which often have a lasting impact on the workers’ lives and livelihoods, are preventable, stressed Senior…

Coroner notes SMRT’s steps to prevent future incidents after worker killed by rod that shot out of machine

A coroner has ruled that the death of an SMRT technical officer, who died after being struck by a rod that shot out of a machine at Bishan Depot, was an unfortunate misadventure. Coroner Christopher Goh noted the…

Underwater World fined S$105,000 over safety lapses uncovered after diver died from stingray attack

The now-defunct attraction Underwater World Singapore was fined S$105,000 on Tues over four safety breaches that were uncovered following a veteran diver’s death in 2016. Philip Chan, then aged 62, had died from being stung in the chest…

Falling ship rudder which killed Keppel Shipyard worker last year was 24 tonnes over the weight limit

A Keppel Shipyard worker died from multiple injuries after being struck by a falling rudder of an oil tanker in Mar last year as he was fitting it on. A coroner’s inquiry heard that the 59-tonne rudder had…

3 companies issued stop-work orders over ‘significant risk’ of combustible dust explosions

Three companies were issued stop-work orders after they were found to have inadequate control measures, despite “significant risk” of combustible dust explosions, said MOM and WSH Council on Fri. MOM has also stepped up inspections that targeted 500…

Important that all companies have safety and health representatives

I thank Mr Bernard Chua for his views on how we can build a better and safer workplace (Improve quality of personnel responsible for workplace safety, Mar 3). I agree that our safety practitioners should not be fearful…

Tuas explosion: Investigation findings expected in 3 to 6 months, says Zaqy Mohamad

An inquiry committee set up to investigate the fatal fire and explosion at Stars Engrg in Tuas is expected to produce its findings in three to six months, Senior Minister of State for Manpower Zaqy Mohamad said on…

Spate of workplace deaths and what needs addressing in Singapore’s safety culture

Singapore’s weakest link in the fight against COVID-19 proved to be infections spreading in migrant worker dormitories. As a result, all work involving these men ground to a halt. The relief at restarting the engine however has been…

Improve quality of personnel responsible for workplace safety

I refer to NTUC assistant secretary-general Melvin Yong’s call for a dedicated WSH monitor at each worksite. I have been a certified safety practitioner in the construction industry for more than 20 years and I would like to…

Tuas explosion: MOM to inspect almost 500 firms for combustible dust hazards – Zaqy

The government has begun inspections of almost 500 companies for potentially combustible dust hazards in the wake of the Tuas accident last week, said Minister of State for Manpower Zaqy Mohamad on Wed. Speaking in Parliament on his…

486 safety breaches found during workplace inspections since mid-December: MOM

MOM has uncovered 486 safety breaches from the 510 workplace inspections carried out since mid-Dec. Seven stop-work orders were also issued, said Senior Minister of State for Manpower Zaqy Mohamad in his COS speech on Wed. Two safety…

Tuas industrial fire: Inquiry committee to examine factors that led to fatal accident

In the wake of a fire at a Tuas industrial unit that claimed the lives of three workers earlier this week, the authorities will appoint an inquiry committee to examine the factors that led to the accident. MOM…

Lift technician dies after being trapped in shaft of Chan Brothers Building

A 29-year-old lift technician, who was trapped in the shaft of the Chan Brothers Building along North Bridge Road, died on Sat. The Bangladeshi was carrying out repair work on the top of a lift car when it…

SMRT worker who died at Bishan depot was hit by 5kg rod that shot out of machine, coroner’s court hears

An SMRT technical officer in a fatal workplace accident at Bishan Depot last year was hit by a rod that shot out of a machine he was operating, a coroner’s court heard on Fri. Mr Muhammad Afiq Senawi,…

MOM to carry out 300 more checks in high-risk workplaces after deadly accidents in Feb

Following a spate of deadly workplace accidents this month, MOM is adding 300 inspections in high-risk industries. In a FB post on Wed, MOM said the inspections will continue until mid-March, adding that there will be “a greater…

February workplace fatalities climb to 10 after death of workers in Tuas explosion

Ten people have died in workplace accidents in Singapore in the last three-and-a-half weeks, after three workers who suffered burns in a fire at an industrial building in Tuas succumbed to their injuries on Thurs. Speaking at the…

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