Construction firm charged for housing foreign workers in unhygienic conditions

Foreign workers employed with Kay Lim Construction and Trading were living in rat-infested quarters.

A construction company was brought to task and hit with 80 charges on Tuesday (March 14) for housing offences, including housing foreign workers in rat-infested quarters, the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) reported.

According to a release from the ministry, Kay Lim Construction and Trading was prosecuted in court for arranging accommodation for its foreign workers which saw them living in unhygienic conditions.

In addition, it was also charged with abetting nine other firms in housing their foreign workers in the same unacceptable workers’ quarters, and failing to update the housing address of these staff in the Online Foreign Worker Address Service (OFWAS).

Investigations revealed that the firm provided accommodation for 60 foreign workers, consisting of the company’s own and those from nine other organisations in a construction site's temporary quarters at Commonwealth Avenue and Ghim Moh Link which were infested with rats.

MOM said the company also did not update the accommodation addresses of 20 other foreign workers in the OFWAS between March 2014 and September 2015.

The ministry ordered Kay Lim to enhance the hygiene and living conditions of all their existing construction site temporary quarters, and the company has complied, it revealed.

The case will be next heard in court on April 18.

Under the Employment of Foreign Manpower (Work Passes) Regulations, employers are mandated to offer acceptable accommodation for their foreign workers that comply with the various statutory requirements, and update their latest addresses in OFWAS within five days of the change in their residential address.

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