Singapore – 107 violations of Work at Heights Regulations uncovered

July 2, 20139:16 am493 views

A total of 107 violations were uncovered in May, following the implementation of the Manpower Ministry’s new Work at Heights Regulations.

Surprise inspections were conducted at some 300 workplaces.

Work sites mainly in the construction and manufacturing sectors were identified to have Work at Heights-related safety lapses.

The safety lapses at manufacturing worksites included lack of barriers at mezzanine floors and staircases.

Lack of proper access to and from work areas were part of lapses identified at construction and marine worksites.

The ministry issued eight worksites with stop-work orders and instructed occupiers to rectify the lapses.

43 fines, totalling some S$25,000, were also issued.

Haze-related issues were also brought up at the annual safety, health and security event.

Senior Parliamentary Secretary for Manpower Hawazi Daipi, who was at the 30th Annual Construction Safety, Health & Security Campaign event on Monday, said the Singapore Contractors Association Limited will continue to issue more advisories on the management of haze.

Mr Hawazi explained some of the measures: “Providing protective masks to workers who cannot avoid outdoor work, monitoring vulnerable workers during hazy conditions; and urging workers to drink more water to prevent heat stress in the hot and dry weather.”

 

Source: channelnewsasia.com

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