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New building design rules to keep workers safe

Design for Safety framework will be made compulsory

Published on May 8, 2014 8:18 AM
Construction workers putting the finishing touches to a building in Toa Payoh. Under the upcoming Design for Safety framework, developers will have to incorporate risk control solutions into their designs upfront. -- ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG

To make buildings safer for the people who build and maintain them, it will soon be compulsory for developers to ensure designs are safe to implement.

For example, workers may install lighting on a high ceiling using a conventional A-frame ladder, which is considered hazardous work at height.

But designers could instead create permanent access to a compartment above the ceiling through which workers could install and maintain the lighting.

Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam gave this example yesterday while announcing the upcoming mandatory Design for Safety (DfS) framework.

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Background story

The fatality rate in the construction sector has risen over the past three years - from 5.5 per 100,000 workers in 2011, to seven per 100,000 workers last year.