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Construction firms blame rise in fatalities on labour cuts, worker fatigue

Published on Apr 20, 2014 5:59 AM
Acting Minister for Manpower Tan Chuan-Jin (centre) visiting the Sentosa worksite where a supporting structure collapsed on Jan 29, 2014, leaving one dead and 10 injured. -- ST FILE PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG

Construction industry players are blaming a sharp rise in worksite deaths on the shortage of workers coupled with pressure to complete projects on time.

With workers being made to put in longer hours, they told The Sunday Times, fatigue can set in and accidents happen.

The Workplace Safety and Health Council revealed earlier this month that 33 out of 59 of all workplace deaths last year occurred at construction sites. That works out to seven fatalities per 100,000 workers, up from 5.9 in 2012.

And in the first three months of this year, construction has accounted for 12 out of 19 workplace fatalities - an average of a death a week.

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