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Labour movement, MWC call for workplace safety measures to be enforced

The labour movement and the Migrant Workers' Centre (MWC) have called on employers to enforce safety measures, following the recent spate of workplace accidents that have claimed five lives and injured one within the past two weeks.

SINGAPORE: The labour movement and the Migrant Workers' Centre (MWC) have called on employers to enforce safety measures, following the recent spate of workplace accidents that have claimed five lives and injured one within the past two weeks.

Yeo Guat Kwang, director of Workplace Safety and Health at National Trades Union Congress, said the incidents were "cause for much sadness and grave concern".

In a statement, Mr Yeo, who is also MWC's chairman, said: "It is crucial to ensure that safety and health are never compromised at the workplace.

"While workers have undergone mandatory safety orientation course and are properly trained, safety should still never be taken for granted.

"It is the employer's duty to ensure that proper safety measures are in place and safety protocols are observed at all times and workers must also remain alert and practise caution at all times while at the worksite.

"We strongly urge employers to carry out comprehensive risk assessments and enforce safety measures."

Mr Yeo also stressed the need to inculcate a spirit of workplace safety and health.

One way to achieve this is by implementing safety programmes and giving incentives to workers who identify and report lapses. 

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