WSH Bulletin, 23 October 2020: Ten workplace fatalities since June 2020; companies urged to remain vigilant
23 October 2020, Ref: 2021062
Ten workplace fatalities since June 2020; companies urged to remain vigilant
Since the lifting of the Circuit Breaker on 2 June 2020, there have been 10 workplace fatalities across a range of industries. Several serious accidents have also occurred recently; such as a construction site fire which injured 8 workers, a fire in the train tunnel between Orchard and Somerset stations which injured 2 workers, and a construction worker who injured his leg while on a crane 40m in the air.
In his visit to the Jurong Lake Gardens worksite on 22 October 2020, Senior Minister of State for Manpower, Zaqy Mohamad, reminded businesses not to rush to start their operations to make up for lost time, especially when it comes at the expense of workplace safety and health (WSH). He was at the worksite to observe good WSH practices and Safe Management Measures implemented by Kuan Aik Hong Construction Pte Ltd.
The WSH Council urges all stakeholders to continue to be vigilant and take time to take care of safety and health at work. Companies are encouraged to do more to ensure a safe restart of work activities as more workers return to their workplace, such as:
• Reviewing risk assessment, safety protocols and risk controls;
Mr John Ng, Chairman of the WSH Council, says, “It is sad that these accidents
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