Employers urged to carry out risk assessments, enforce safety measures
- POSTED: 04 Oct 2013 00:17
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NTUC's director for Workplace Safety & Health has called on employers to carry out comprehensive risk assessments and enforce safety measures, especially in high-risk environments like construction sites.
SINGAPORE: NTUC's director for Workplace Safety & Health has called on employers to carry out comprehensive risk assessments and enforce safety measures, especially in high-risk environments like construction sites.
Mr Yeo Guat Kwang, who is also the chairman of the Migrant Workers' Centre (MWC), also urged workers to look out for each other, to spot and report on safety lapses, so that corrective actions and not lives can be taken immediately.
In a media statement issued late Thursday, Mr Yeo said the recent chain of worksite accidents -- which saw four mishaps occurring in the past 11 days -- is a cause for grave concern.
He added that families of the affected workers also suffer from the pain of losing their loved ones or knowing that their family members have been injured.
Mr Yeo stressed that workers' safety and health should never be compromised.
He said it must be a concerted effort of both the employers and workers to ensure a safe workplace environment for everyone.
Employers, he said, must ensure that workers practise proper safety procedures and workers must also play their part through identifying risks early and being alert at the worksite.
Mr Yeo said MWC is confident that the employers of the affected workers will discharge their responsibilities to provide their workers with the proper medical help as required by the law.
He added that MWC stands ready to provide affected workers with further assistance and care in case the employer fails to do so.