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Minister issues warning over worksite safety

He vows harsh penalties for errant bosses following spate of accidents

Published on Jan 30, 2014 7:42 AM

No sooner had Acting Manpower Minister Tan Chuan-Jin expressed dismay yesterday at a string of workplace accidents that left eight men dead this month, than yet another tragedy occurred.

The month's death toll rose to nine when a worker died and 10 others were injured at a Sentosa construction site, when the boarded structure for pouring concrete, or formwork, collapsed.

The news left him saying such incidents cannot continue, and he served notice that those who do not take safety seriously will be punished. "I am appalled that there has been yet another serious accident involving formwork," he said in a blog post.

Construction companies have to get their jobs done responsibly because lives are at stake, he said.

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