Possible new regulations to reduce workplace fatalities
In 2011, Singapore's workplace fatality rate was 2.3 deaths for every 100,000 workers. According to the Manpower Ministry, fatal falls accounted for half of these. Therefore, new regulations may be on the cards.
SINGAPORE: In 2011, Singapore's workplace fatality rate was 2.3 deaths for every 100,000 workers. According to the Manpower Ministry, fatal falls accounted for half of these. Therefore, new regulations may be on the cards.
This may include the mandatory use of fall prevention plans and a "Permit-to-Work system" where workers will be required to obtain permits before commencing work at heights.
Also, a new Workplace Safety and Health-Assist Programme will be extended to small and medium-sized enterprises for defraying up to 80 per cent of the fees incurred in engaging consultants to provide on-site consultation services.
Yeo Guat Kwang, a member of the Government Parliamentary Committee for Manpower, said in Parliament: "We have to aim to attain the safety standard of the developed countries which consistently have a low annual fatality rate of around one per 100,000 workers.
"There are also still too many cases of permanent disablement deals to workplace accidents here. The question is how the government plans to lower this rate and help our workers."
In response, Hawazi Daipi, Senior Parliamentary Secretary for the Manpower Ministry, said: "We are currently exploring how we can enhance the training provided for foreign construction workers with a view of extending the Construction Safety Orientation Course (CSOC) from the current one day to two days.
"We are also piloting a scheme for this safety training to be conducted at the worker's country of origin. Training at source will enable companies to bring in workers who are already knowledgeable."