MOM steps up enforcement action against companies for workplace safety violations

October 8, 201410:55 am347 views
MOM steps up enforcement action against companies for workplace safety violations
MOM steps up enforcement action against companies for workplace safety violations

SINGAPORE: There were 30 workplace fatalities in the first half of this year – five more compared to the same period last year, excluding work-related traffic accidents, according to Manpower Minister Tan Chuan-Jin’s written reply for Parliament on Tuesday (Oct 7). Seventeen of the fatalities this year occurred in the construction sector alone.

The Minister provided this update in a written reply to MP for Marine Parade GRC Tin Pei Ling, who asked about the steps the ministry is taking to ensure the number of fatalities and injuries does not rise further.

The minister acknowledged that the workplace safety performance of the construction sector is of particular concern. As such, MOM adopts a dual-pronged approach to drive the industry towards working safely.

First, immediate measures were taken since early this year to arrest the increased incidences of fatalities and injuries in the construction sector. Second, medium-term measures have been set out to sustain improvements in workplace safety and health.

Mr Tan added that his ministry has also stepped up enforcement efforts in high-risk sectors such as construction and marine, and has taken stern action against companies for workplace safety violations.

In the first eight months of this year, about 4,600 inspections were carried out. A total of 51 stop-work orders, close to 2,000 composition fines and more than 6,000 notices of non-compliance were issued.

Those issued with the stop-work order are required to address systemic and physical lapses before the order can be lifted. In addition, poor performing companies were placed under the “business under surveillance” programme for close monitoring and supervision.

He added that his ministry has applied for stronger penalties in cases where there were serious breaches of the law, including higher fines against employers who failed in their duties.

 

news source & image credit: channelnewsasia.com

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