Workplace safety not taken seriously enough

Despite all the measures that the authorities have rolled out, why are workplace fatalities still increasing ("54 workplace deaths so far this year; falls most common cause"; Sept 27, and "Do more to make worksites safer" by Angel Peh Shi Ying; Voices of Youth, Sept 28)?

Is there enough inspection and enforcement? Are penalties too light? Is not enough being done? Are we taking the wrong measures?

There were 42 deaths from January to June, up from 30 in the same period last year.

I have seen workers walking freely on the rooftops of Housing Board blocks without any safety gear on.

Why was this allowed to happen?

Perhaps more surprise spot checks need to be conducted.

Jacky Lim Cheow Guan

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 06, 2016, with the headline 'Workplace safety not taken seriously enough'. Print Edition | Subscribe