Manpower Ministry to go on worksite safety blitz after 9 fatal accidents in January

Construction workers standing precariously on a single narrow platform at a construction site along Waterloo Street.
Construction workers standing precariously on a single narrow platform at a construction site along Waterloo Street.ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG

SINGAPORE - The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) will be conducting a safety blitz over the next four weeks, after nine people died on the job a month into the new year.

Preliminary findings showed that risk assessments were not implemented properly, there were no fall protection plans and work procedures were not safe - leading to the deaths.

On Jan 29, a 39-year-old Chinese national died in a Tampines worksite after a toppled excavator hit him with a concrete bucket.

He sustained multiple injuries and later died in Changi General Hospital.

Ministry inspectors will be checking 500 worksites for errant supervisory practices, poor workers' training and inadequate risk management, said an MOM spokesman on Thursday.

"We are stepping up our enforcement efforts," he added, noting that the Ministry is "concerned about the recent spate of fatal workplace accidents".