Another accident prompts alert on workplace safety

October 3, 201310:35 am501 views
Another accident prompts alert on workplace safety
Another accident prompts alert on workplace safety

SINGAPORE — After the fourth reported accident at a worksite in 11 days, the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) yesterday urged employers to proactively carry out thorough risk assessments and enforce safety measures for their workers.

Six workers — three from Bangladesh, two from China and one from Malaysia — were injured yesterday morning after a scaffold they were working on at a Toa Payoh North worksite collapsed. Five were sent to Tan Tock Seng Hospital, with three being discharged later. The sixth was treated on-site for minor injuries.

The latest incident is the second work accident this week. On Monday, two workers were killed and four injured after a crane toppled at the construction site of the National Art Gallery.

MOM’s Director of the Occupational Safety and Health Inspectorate Chan Yew Kwong said: “Most workplace accidents could have been prevented if companies and workers had put in more effort to ensure that the risks have been identified and mitigated. MOM will take stern action against companies found to have flouted safety regulations and placed their workers’ lives at risk.”



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