Workplace safety inspections to be stepped up
An additional 250 workplace safety inspections are in the cards for Singapore employers over this month and next month. These are in addition to the 500 scheduled by the Ministry of Manpower for May to July.
The increased efforts towards enforcing workplace safety come on the backs of recent fatal workplace accidents. These include the death of a 73-year-old bakery owner after he fell into a dough-making machine, and the death of a 58-year-old catering employee after an accident involving a cargo hoist.
Both people were pronounced dead at the scene.
"Some have labelled the recent accidents as freak accidents, but I say we should not accept such labels because we believe that all accidents are preventable,” said Minister of State for Manpower Zaqy Mohamad, during a recent event.
He added that two-thirds of the inspections have already been completed, with a result of four stop-work orders and 78 composition fines totalling S86,000.